Doctor of Physical Therapy Admissions

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Chapman University’s entry level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will offer two (2) start dates in 2019:

Summer: first day of classes is May 6, 2019
Fall: first day of classes is September 3, 2019

The cohort sizes are 40 for both the summer and fall.

+ - 2018 - 2019 Early Decision Admissions Cycle

Early Decision is a binding option for applicants who have decided that one particular program is their first choice. Early decision applicants will receive an admission decision from the university a full semester before all other regular applicants. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission as an early decision applicant will be moved to the regular admissions pool.

You should only apply as an Early Decision candidate if you are certain you want to attend that particular program. If not, apply as a regular applicant instead. (Learn more about Early Decision applications.)

Early Decision Dates


SUMMER (Starting April 2019)

FALL (Starting August 2019)

PTCAS application opens



Deadline to submit application



Deadline to take and report GRE



Deadline to submit GRE



Early decisions confirmed



+ - 2018 - 2019 Regular Admissions Cycle



SUMMER (Starting April 2019)

FALL (Starting August 2019)

PTCAS application opens



Deadline to take GRE



Deadline to submit application



Deadline to submit GRE



Academic update opens



Deadline to submit PTCAS priority academic update



PTCAS academic update period ends



Deadline to complete all prerequisite courses



Deadline to submit transcripts reflecting completion of final prerequisite coursework.   



Deadline to submit PT observation hours



+ - Upcoming Events

New Student Luncheon March 9, 2019  
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Rinker Health Science Campus
Spring Information Session May 29, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rinker Health Science Campus

+ - Prerequisite Coursework & Limitations

Prerequisite Coursework

  • Anatomy with lab
  • Biology 1 with lab
  • Biology 2 with lab
  • Chemistry 1 with lab
  • Chemistry 2 with lab
  • Physics 1 with lab
  • Physics 2 with lab
  • Physiology with lab
  • Statistics
  • Human Behavior

Click here for a complete list of prerequisite requirements for a complete list of prerequisite requirements. This list may also be found on the PTCAS website.

Prerequisite Limitations

  • All science prerequisite courses must be designed for science majors.
 Introductory level science courses are not accepted.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology must be completed within 5 years of application.

  • All other prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years of application.

  • Prerequisite courses may be repeated only once.
  • No prerequisite grade below "C" is considered.
  • Pass/Credit grades for prerequisite courses will be converted to a “C” if letter grading options are not available.

  • Courses which received advanced placement credit (AP or CLEP) may fulfill prerequisite requirements. The credit hours and grade points will not be computed in the PGPA calculation.

  • No more than two science prerequisite courses and one human behavior or statistics prerequisite course (a total of three prerequisite courses) may be remaining after the semester in which the application is submitted.

  • All remaining prerequisite course work must be completed before the student matriculates.

+ - Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (All Applicants)

  • Completed PTCAS application
  • An earned B.A. or B.S. degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official GRE scores (Reporting Code 7669)
  • 40 hours of physical therapy observation/experience

A complete list of admission requirements may also be found on the PTCAS website.

Applicants are required to meet the following minimum grade point average (GPAs) and General Record Exam (GRE) requirements for consideration.

Regular Admissions Early Decision
Cumulative GPA 3.0 3.5
Prerequisite 3.0 3.5


Regular Admissions Early Decision
Revised Exam Original Exam Revised Exam Original Exam
Verbal 146 400 152 480
Quantitative 144 500 148 600
Analytical 3.5 3.5 4.0 4.0

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 

  • GRE examination be taken six weeks prior to the application deadline
  • The exam must be taken within 5 years of the application deadline
  • Scores from various test dates can not be combined.
  • Test results should be sent directly to PTCAS, program code 7669.


Applicants are required to satisfactorily complete at least 40 hours of observation (or paid work) to ensure at least minimal knowledge of the practice of physical therapy. Observation hours must be supervised by a licensed physical therapist.  Applicants are required to report their hours on the PTCAS application; verification forms are not required.


Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from every regionally accredited U.S. postsecondary institution attended.  Transcripts need to be submitted directly to PTCAS using the Transcript Request Form. Applicants must also update their application and submit transcripts to PTCAS reflecting grades.

Additional Requirements

  • Chapman University does NOT require a supplemental application.

  • Letters of recommendation are NOT required.

  • Chapman University does not require a custom essay for the admission requirement.
  • All remaining prerequisite course work must be completed by the end of the fall semester (for summer applicants) and spring semester (for fall applicants).
  • The awarding of a baccalaureate degree must occur before the student matriculates.
  • Persons who have been dismissed from another physical therapy program are not eligible for consideration for admission to Chapman University.

+ - Location: Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine

Our location is at Chapman University's Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine.

We are located at the corner of Alton Pkwy and Jeronimo Rd., Irvine, CA, in buildings 9401 and 9501 Jeronimo Rd.

Our Address:
9401 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618

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For additional admissions questions, please email: or call (714) 744-7620