Application Deadline: October 15th, 2024

The PTCAS application portal will open for applications as of June 17th, 2024


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or Early Contingent Admission (ECA) status at URI*.

  • 4 semester credits: Introductory or General Biology Course with lab (not botany)
  • 4 semester credits: Second level Biology Course (not botany), or Exercise Physiology, or Neuroscience Course with lab (not anatomy/physiology)
  • 8 semester credits: Human or Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology Courses with labs (not exercise physiology)
  • 8 semester credits: Chemistry Courses with labs
  • 8 semester credits: Physics Courses with labs
  • 3 semester credits: Introductory or General Psychology Course
  • 3 semester credits: Second level Psychology Course (e.g., developmental, adolescent, social, lifespan, etc)
  • 3 semester credits: Statistics Course
  • 3 semester credits: Writing Intensive or Compositions Course

Applicants are required to have 9 of the 12 prerequisite courses completed by December of the admissions cycle. Incomplete prerequisites must be completed with a C or better and applicants must maintain the 3.2 GPA requirement for the prerequisites.  

AP credit for prerequisite courses will be accepted as long as they have received credit from their undergraduate institution. Applicants also need to submit their test scores from the AP Students College Board.

Application Process

Submit the PTCAS application, which includes:

  • Official transcripts from every college/university attended
  • AP scores from the College Board (if applicable)
  • A minimum of 30 observation hours or experience in a physical therapy setting is required at the time of application (The physical therapy experiences must occur under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist)
  • One personal statement (PTCAS general question)
  • A minimum of 2 letters of recommendation are required. One letter must be from a Physical Therapist, but we encourage two

We require that all materials are submitted prior to the admissions deadline.

Interview Process 

  • Selected candidates will be invited to interview with the PT faculty
  • An invitation for the interview will be sent by mid-November 2024
  • Interviews will be conducted virtually in mid to late December 2024

*Early Contingent Admission (ECA)

For University of Rhode Island students, ECA is a second route to admission into the Physical Therapy Program. The Department of Kinesiology offers an accelerated undergraduate curriculum that completes degree requirements and prerequisites in 3 years. For information on this option, please contact Dr. Matthew Delmonico in the Kinesiology Department. ECA students applying for the DPT program apply through PTCAS and all of the application processes that apply to a student with a bachelor’s degree will apply to them.

Students entering through the Early Contingent DPT program complete 26 credits of required graduate level courses during their Senior Year. Early Contingent DPT students complete the same minimum of 110 credits applicable to the DPT program requirements.

Please visit our FAQs for answers to common questions about prerequisites.

If you have any questions about application or admission, please contact Brittany Casey.