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.

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 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 PTCAS application is 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 the Campbell DPT program via PTCAS. We recommend official GRE scores be submitted with your application, though your application may be considered while awaiting official scores. Official GRE scores are required for admission.

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

Application Timing: The application cycle is open from mid-July to mid-May each year. The deadline for Early Acceptance applicants is October 15. We recommend applying to the program early in the application cycle, as this may improve likelihood of acceptance.

GRE: For the Graduate Record Examination (required of applicants), while there is not a required minimum score for consideration, competitive applicants typically achieve in the 40th percentile or above, corresponding approximately to at least 149 (Verbal) and 151 (Quantitative). As we consider our applicants holistically, retaking the GRE is not required if these scores are not achieved with your initial performance. However, if your achievement on the GRE falls below these levels, or below your own ability to perform, it may strengthen your application to improve these scores. 

The DPT program uses a rolling admissions process. This means we interview and accept students throughout the year in an ongoing, continuous basis. Since we are consistently receiving additional applications throughout the cycle, with variation from year to year, there is not an expected timeframe for an admissions decision. Acceptance of applicants depends on numerous factors, including strength of application and timing of submission. Importantly, as the goal is to admit applicants that are the best fit for Campbell individually and as a class, the pace of admissions decisions evolves throughout the cycle.

The application cycle is open from mid-July to mid-May each year. The deadline for Early Acceptance applicants is October 15. Early Acceptance candidates must have completed all course prerequisites with a C or higher and have uploaded all letters of reference, transcripts, and test scores into PTCAS by October 15. We recommend applying to the program early in the application cycle.

The DPT program has recurring events each month. These opportunities are a great way to interact with the program director, program faculty, students, and admissions staff. Tours of the campus and program facilities are included along with the information session. If you would like to receive notifications regarding events, please submit the interest form.

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:

  • Survey courses will not count toward prerequisite requirements
  • Animal physiology and anatomy related courses can count toward the upper-level biology requirement if course level is 300 or greater. It cannot replace the human anatomy and physiology requirement
  • Upper-level exercise physiology will count towards 3-4 hours of the upper-level biology requirement


The Campbell DPT program conducts interviews virtually (i.e., online), so travel to Campbell is not required for applicants to have the opportunity to interview.

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

The curriculum is designed to provide two part-time clinical experiences. Within these experiences, the DPT program has contracted with local hospitals and outpatient clinics that service rural areas. A majority of these facilities are within driving distance of the University and service rural regions. The DPT program will continue to pursue clinical opportunities across the United States.

Yes. The program requires completion of clinical experiences in a variety of practice settings.