Physical Therapy Department

25 West Independence Way, Suite J, Kingston, RI 02881

Clinic: 401.874.2006Administrative staff: 401.874.5001

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If you have any questions about application or admission, please contact Dr. Susan Roush,

Next Application Deadline: October 16, 2017. The Deadline has closed. Any questions should be sent in writing to Dr. Roush.

Please join us for an Open House and learn about our DPT curriculum on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017. The formal program begins at 4pm and will run until 6pm. The event will be held in our department and does not require RSVP.

Requirements: Each year we admit 30 to 32 students to the URI Physical Therapy Program. For most applicants, a bachelor’s degree is required prior to admission. The exception is the Early Contingent Admission option described below. Although we do not require a specific undergraduate major, the following prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrollment:

  • 12 credits of Biology, which includes 8 credits of human anatomy and physiology
  •  8 credits of Chemistry (with lab)
  •  8 credits of Physics (with lab)
  •  6 credits of Psychology (General Psychology and a second level Psychology course (e.g., developmental, adolescent, social, lifespan, etc)
  •  3 credits of Pre-Calculus
  •  3 credits of Statistics
  •  3 credits of Communication (either oral or written)

All prerequisite courses do not have to be completed at the time of application, but all must be completed prior to enrollment. Our DPT curriculum begins at the end of May with the first Summer Session.

An applicant’s academic record is the strongest predictor of admission, specifically  GPAs and GRE scores. There are 2 ways GPA is considered:  GPA in the prerequisite courses and GPA in the last 60 credits, with the former carrying the most weight. Over the past several years, the average GPAs for incoming classes were both approximately 3.7.  We also look at the GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores, specifically the percentile ranks. Over the past several years the GRE averages for incoming classes were both approximately at the 50th – 60th percentile.

Application Process

STEP 1: Submit the PTCAS application, which includes:

  • Official transcripts from every college/university attended
  • Minimum 30 clinical hours with a physical therapist
  • Personal statement
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores send to Code 8365
  • Names and email addresses of individuals who are providing your two letters of recommendation (one must be a physical therapist)

STEP 2: Submit your URI Graduate School application

Please note: You do NOT need to send transcripts or GRE scores, or have letters of recommendation sent to the URI Graduate School even though the application will indicate that you do. Whatever you have sent to PTCAS does NOT need to also be sent to the URI Graduate School. Simply follow these instructions:


  • When asked to upload your transcripts, upload a blank Word document
  • When asked to upload your personal statement, upload a blank Word document
  • For letters of recommendation, leave the page blank.

IMPORTANT: Effective June 1, 2017, fees may apply for application to the Graduate School.

Early Contingent Admission (ECA)

For University of Rhode Island students, ECA is a second route to admission into the Physical Therapy Program. The Departments of Kinesiology and Biology offer an accelerated undergraduate curriculum that completes degree requirements and prerequisites in 3 years. For information on this option, please contact Dr. Disa Hatfield in the Kinesiology Department ( or Maegan Anyzeski ( who is the University’s pre-health advisor. Please note: ECA applicants must complete both the PTCAS and URI Graduate School applications, and admission is not guaranteed.

If you have any questions about application or admission, please contact Dr. Susan Roush,

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