» Frequently Asked Questions

+ - 1. How do I apply for Chapman’s DPT program?

Please apply to our program through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) website.

+ - 2. When is the application deadline?

For early decision, the application deadline is in August. For the regular admission cycle, applications to enter the summer cohort are due in October and applications to enter the fall cohort are due in December.

+ - 3. What is early decision?

Early decision is for competitive applicants who only want to pursue one school. If accepted through early decision, the applicant is unable to apply to any other school and is obligated to submit an enrollment deposit.  Please visit the PTCAS website for specific early decision GPA and GRE requirements.

+ - 4. What happens to my application if I do not get accepted during early decision?

The application is considered for the regular admission process and the applicant is able to apply to other schools.

+ - 5. How many applications do you receive each year?

There are approximately 1400-1800 applicants per year. 

+ - 6. If I get denied can I reapply?

Yes, you just need to resubmit an application through PTCAS during the next application cycle.

+ - 7. What is the average cohort size?

The cohort size is 48 for the fall and 32 for the summer cohort.

+ - 8. Does Chapman require a supplemental application?

No, Chapman does not require an additional supplemental application.

+ - 9. When are application decisions made?

Application decisions will start in December/January to fill the summer and fall cohorts. Admissions offers will be made over a period of weeks or months and will conclude when the class roster is full. Applicants will be denied if they do not meet the minimum admission requirements. Candidates who are not initially offered admission, but do meet the minimum requirements, may be given consideration for placement on a wait list at the discretion of the admissions team.

+ - 10. How much is the deposit for the DPT program?

The deposit amount for the DPT program is $500, non-refundable.

+ - 11. Does Chapman require interviews as part of the admissions process?

No, Chapman does not require formal interviews as part of the admissions process.

+ - 12. Does Chapman require letters of recommendation?

No, Chapman does not require letters of recommendation as part of the admissions process.

+ - 13. What is the minimum prerequisite GPA required?

3.0 (regular admission); 3.5 (early decision)

+ - 14. What is the minimum cumulative (overall) GPA required?

3.0 (regular admission); 3.5 (early decision)

+ - 15. What are the minimum GRE scores required?

Regular Admission:                Early Decision:

Verbal: 146                             Verbal: 152

Quantitative: 144                    Quantitative: 148

Analytical: 3.5                         Analytical: 4.0

+ - 16. What code should I use when sending Chapman my GRE scores?

Chapman’s DPT program GRE code is 7669.

+ - 17. What degree do I need to apply?

A bachelor’s degree in any area of study is required.  All applicants must complete all required prerequisite courses.

+ - 18. What are the prerequisite courses required to apply to Chapman?

  • 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 detailed prerequisite course requirements and limitations. This list may also be found on the PTCAS website.

+ - 19. Do prerequisite courses have an expiration date?

Human anatomy and physiology must be completed within 5 years of the application deadline.  All other prerequisite courses must be completed within 10 years of the application deadline.

+ - 20. Do all prerequisite courses need to be completed before applying?

All prerequisite coursework must be complete prior to matriculation into the DPT program. No more than two science prerequisite courses and one human behavior or statistics prerequisite course (a total of three prerequisite courses) may be incomplete after the semester in which the application is submitted.


+ - 21. Can a pass/no pass class fulfill prerequisite requirements?

Pass/Credit grades for prerequisite courses will be converted to a C if letter grading options are not available.


+ - 22. Can I take prerequisite courses at a community college?

Yes, prerequisite courses can be taken at a community college.

+ - 23. Can AP credits fulfill prerequisite requirements?

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.


+ - 24. How many observation hours do I need?

You need a minimum of 40 hours of observation in any type of setting.  The hours must be supervised under a licensed physical therapist.

+ - 25. Does Chapman give priority to in-state applicants?

No, Chapman does not give priority to in-state applicants. 

+ - 26. Does Chapman accept DPT transfer students?

No, Chapman does not accept DPT transfer students.

+ - 27. Can the program be taken online?

No, Chapman does not offer an online entry level DPT program.

+ - 28. How long is the DPT program?

The program is 36 months long, on a trimester system (15 weeks each trimester).

+ - 29. When does the DPT program begin?

The summer cohort will begin in April. The fall cohort will begin in August.

+ - 30. Where are the physical therapy classes located?

All PT classes are located at the Rinker Health Science Campus: 9501 Jeronimo Road, Irvine, CA 92618.

+ - 31. Can I work while enrolled in the program?

It is recommended that students do not work while in the program.

+ - 32. What is the curriculum for the program?

+ - 33. What is the tuition rate for the DPT program?

As of 2017-2018, the cost per academic year is $42,516.

+ - 34. Does the physical therapy program or Chapman University provide scholarships for students?

Yes, the physical therapy department offers minimal fellowships as a non-renewable award for one’s outstanding academic profile. All candidates who matriculate into the entry level DPT program will be considered. Other scholarships and grants are available here.

+ - 35. Can I take a campus tour?

Please make an appointment to visit the Rinker Campus. Visitors may RSVP for a tour here. If the calendar does not reflect dates/times which align with your schedule, please contact cudptadmissions@chapman.edu for alternative accommodations.

+ - 36. Is there someone I can talk to concerning the DPT program?

You may chat with an admissions representative in our Virtual Office. The link to the Virtual Office as well as hours of availability are posted on our admissions page. Alternatively, you may reach the Admissions Specialist at cudptadmissions@chapman.edu.

+ - 37. How will a felony or misdemeanor impact eligibility for a PT program or PT license?

“PTCAS requires you to report any felony convictions. Physical therapist programs may require criminal background checks or drug tests in order to verify your eligibility to participate in clinical education, to confirm your eligibility for PT licensure, and to ensure patient safety.”

http://www.ptcas.org/ApplicationInstructions/Document/