Doctor of Physical Therapy Admissions

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Chapman University’s entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy Program application opened July 2019 and offers two start dates:

Summer application deadline is October 15th with classes beginning May 4, 2020
Fall application deadline is December 16th with classes beginning August 31, 2020

Cohort size for both the summer and fall is 40. Program content and structure is identical for the two classes;  the main difference in the programs is the start date. 

You are eligible to apply for either cohort if you have coursework in progress, the course(s) must be completed before the program start date(s) listed. 

Acceptance decisions will be made beginning early 2020.

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2019 - 2020 Early Decision Admissions Cycle

Early Decision application is now closed.

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, we recommend that you apply as a regular applicant. Learn more about Early Decision applications.

2019 - 2020 Regular Admissions Cycle

Application opened on July 3, 2019 and closes in October for summer and December for fall.

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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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. 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 (by 2014).
  • All other prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years of application.
  • Prerequisite courses may be repeated only once; the higher grade will be accepted.
  • 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.

Requirements for Early Decision (ED) applicants are as follows:
Cumulative and prerequisite GPA: 3.5
GRE requirements for ED are as follows:
Verbal: 152
Quantitative: 148
Analytical: 4.0

Requirements for Regular Admissions (RD) are as follows:
Cumulative and prerequisite GPA: 3.0
GRE requirements for RD are as follows:
Verbal: 146
Quantitative: 144
Analytical: 3.5

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • GRE examination be taken 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 be 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 academic update window is open between December 10, 2019- February 15, 2020. Please email final official transcripts to the admissions offer for coursework completed after February 15th.

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.

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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