DPT Frequently Asked Questions


The Campbell University DPT program participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).  All applicants must apply online using the PTCAS application as well as submit a supplemental application.

All prerequisites are listed on the Admission Requirements page. Science prerequisite course work must be completed within the last 10 years and completed with a grade of C or higher.

Yes. The DPT program may extend an invitation to interview if all materials are submitted except all required observation hours and one letter of recommendation (2 of 3 must be submitted).

Yes. The PTCAS application can be submitted before test scores and transcripts are received. PTCAS will release the application once all the materials have been received and transcripts have been verified. The supplemental application and PTCAS application are required for an application to be evaluated.

Yes. GRE scores are required for all applicants. Select GRE code 2114 to send official scores directly to PTCAS.

We strongly recommend 2 of 3 letters of recommendation come from a PT.

The DPT program uses a rolling admissions process. This means we interview and accept students each month throughout the year. We recommend applying to the program early in the application cycle.

The application cycle is open from early July to mid-January each year. The deadline for Early Acceptance applicants is October 15. Early Acceptance candidates must upload all letters of reference and test scores into PTCAS by October 15.

The DPT program has recurring open houses each month. These opportunities are a great way to interact with the program director and program faculty and admissions staff. Tours of the campus and program facilities are included along with the information session. You can sign up for a DPT program open house online or contact an admissions counselor at 1-800-760-9734 x1690.

A few examples and clarifications are provided below for the most common questions. Each situation is evaluated independently. If you have additional questions about prerequisites, please contact Shari McGuire at smcguire@campbell.edu:

  • Statistics must be taken through Psychology or Math departments
  • Survey courses will not count toward prerequisite requirement
  • Animal physiology and anatomy related courses can count toward the upper level biology requirement if course level is 300 or greater. It cannot replace human anatomy and physiology requirement
  • Exercise physiology will count towards 3-4 hours of the upper level biology requirement


Yes. Most clinical sites require background checks for students to participate in clinical education. Information is provided to accepted/deposited students regarding procedures for this process.

Note: You are obligated to report any charges resulting in conviction including plea bargains, fines paid to lower charges, etc. You are also required to report any charges pending adjudication (i.e., have not been finalized by the courts). Convictions under the age of 18 may appear on your criminal background check.

Charges and convictions will not automatically prevent you from entering a professional health program at Campbell University; but all charges and convictions will appear on your criminal background check, so these must be disclosed. Failure to disclose any convictions may result in reconsideration of a student’s admissions status.

Convictions that occur at any time (prior to or after matriculation) may prevent clinical placements and, therefore, successful completion of health programs.

Yes. Most clinical sites require drug screenings for students to participate in clinical education. The process for meeting this requirement is provided by the program to accepted/deposited students.

Yes. Depending on the finding, program faculty can appropriately counsel the applicant regarding the potential ramifications and provide contact information for the PT examination and licensing bodies across the United States.

Yes. The program is open to all applicants meeting the Campbell DPT program prerequisite requirements. Transfer of credit from another DPT program is not accepted.

Applicants must have earned their undergraduate degree by December 31 of the year prior to matriculation to be eligible for admission.

Each class matriculates in January, during the Spring semester.

Clinical Education

Yes. The DPT program has a policy and process in place to work with the Director of Clinical Education in setting up clinical internship placements for facilities that we do not have a contract with. Every effort will be made to set up final clinical internships close to where students plan to practice after graduation and licensure.

The curriculum is designed to provide two informal part-time clinical experiences. Within these experiences, the DPT program has contracted with local hospitals and outpatient clinics that service rural areas. Students will be required to rotate through both acute and outpatient facilities to satisfy this requirement. Additionally, the program has secured over 95 clinical internship spots at facilities within North Carolina. A majority of these facilities are within driving distance of the University, service rural regions, and are highlighted on the DPT program website under “clinical partners”. The DPT program will continue to pursue clinical training opportunities across the United States as part of the accreditation process.

Yes. The program requires completion of internships in four practice settings (acute/subacute, neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and an elective). At least one of the four practice setting locations must occur in a rural location.