Physical Therapy Department

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

Clinic: 401.874.2006 – Administrative staff: 401.874.5001

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Next Application Deadline: October 15, 2016 for Class to begin Summer 2017.


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.

To be accepted into the University of Rhode Island Graduate School, applicants are expected to have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of a “B” (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) in their undergraduate work, or in previous graduate work. Applicants with undergraduate cumulative averages below a 3.00/4.00, but not less than a 2.50/4.00, may be admitted to the Graduate School based upon other evidence of academic potential. However, to be accepted into the Doctoral Physical Therapy Program, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.20/4.00 is required over all prerequisite courses and over the last 60 academic credits.

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, enter the names of your references, but leave the field for email addresses blank.

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. Deb Riebe in the Kinesiology Department ( or Professor Brian Clinton ( in the Biology Department. 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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