Doctor of Physical Therapy Admissions

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Chapman University’s entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program application opens June 17, 2020 and offers two start dates: Summer and Fall. Program content, class size and structure is identical for the two cohorts, the only difference is the program start date. All students are invited to apply to both cohorts if they wish to be considered. 

Application deadlines:
Summer - October 15
Fall - October 15

Students are eligible to apply for either cohort if they have coursework in progress however, the course(s) must be completed before the program start. 

Summer - class begins May 3, 2021- class size is 40
Fall - class begins August 31, 2021- class size is 40

Acceptance decisions:
Summer - beginning November
Fall - beginning December

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible as it takes PTCAS 4-6 weeks to verify your application. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for additional details.

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • 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 *
  • Letters of Recommendation are not required but maybe reviewed once submitted

*The program may increase the experience hours required for the next (2021- 2022) cycle. Please contact us for clarification.

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

Requirements for Admission:
     Cumulative and prerequisite GPA: 3.0
     GRE test score minimums:
     Quantitative: 144
     Verbal: 146
     Analytical: 3.5

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

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


Applicants are required to satisfactorily complete at least 40 hours of observation (shadow hours 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 update their application and submit transcripts to PTCAS reflecting grades.

The PTCAS academic update window is open between December 15, 2020-February 15, 2021. This is the time all transcripts may be updated via PTCAS.  For course work or degrees completed beyond these dates, please email final official transcripts to the admissions office at

Additional Requirements

  • Chapman University does NOT require a supplemental application.
  • Letters of recommendation are NOT required however, once submitted these may be reviewed.
  • Chapman University does not require a custom essay for the admission requirement.
  • All remaining prerequisite course work must be completed by April 2021 (for summer applicants) and by June 2021 (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.

Prerequisite Coursework & Limitations

Prerequisite Coursework

Changes for the 2020 cycle:

  • If a prerequisite course is repeated we will average the two grades.
  • Pass/NP courses taken in 2020 will be accepted . 
  • Online coursework taken in 2020 will be accepted.
  • Program requirements for coursework taken before 2020 remains unchanged and must be taken in person.

List of required prerequisites:
  • 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. 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 (Summer 2015 if applying to the Summer; Fall 2015 if applying to the Fall).
  • All other prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years of application (by 2010).
  • Prerequisite courses may be repeated only once; the average of these grades will be accepted.
  • No prerequisite grade below "C" is considered.
  • Pass/Credit grades received prior to 2020 for prerequisite courses will be converted to a “C” if letter grading options are not available.
  • P/NP grades received in 2020 will be accepted with the program requesting additional information.
  • 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 prerequisite GPA 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 program start.

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Program Location: Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine

The Physical Therapy program is located at Chapman University's Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine. Corner of Alton Pkwy. and Jeronimo Road, in Irvine, CA.

Mailing Address:
9401 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618

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For admissions questions, please email: or call (714) 516-5655.