Admissions and Entrance Requirements

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Applying for Admission

Applicants to the GW Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) must complete two applications. First, applicants must apply through the standard online application system PTCAS (Physical Therapy Central Application Service). In addition, all applicants must complete the supplemental GW Online Application. Both applications will be open in July. 

Please find below IMPORTANT instructions for completing the two required applications:

  1. As a first step, create your standard online application PTCAS (Physical Therapy Central Application Service). IMPORTANT: You must create your PTCAS application first, as the Supplemental GW Online Application requires that you enter your unique PTCAS ID number. You can begin your Supplemental GW Online Application before you have completed the submission of your PTCAS application (you will just need to have first created a PTCAS application to be able to retrieve and use your PTCAS ID in the completion of your Supplemental GW Online Application).
  2. As a second step, complete the Supplemental GW online application, found at: (application fee: $60.00)

Application Deadline

  • Fall Entry only: December 1

Application Fee

The fee for PTCAS is based upon the number of programs the applicant designates. The supplemental, non-refundable GW application fee is $60. The GW fee is waived only for the following applicants:

  • U.S. military personnel who have been on active duty within three years of submitting their application for admission
  • GW alumni (those holding a GW degree or graduate certificate)
  • Current degree or graduate certificate candidates at GW
  • Current McNair Program Scholars (a completed Certification of McNair Program Participation and Application Fee Waiver form (PDF) must be scanned and submitted to the program)
  • Applicants granted a GRE waiver within 2 years of submitting their application

Admission Requirements

1. Completion of a Bachelor's Degree

The program invites applications from candidates who have, or will have received by the time of enrollment, a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Official transcripts must demonstrate completion of a baccalaureate degree prior to matriculation into the program.

2. Prerequisite Coursework

The following courses must be academic, college-level course work completed at a regionally accredited institution and earned with a C or better (C- grades and lower do not apply)

  • Anatomy and Physiology (two semester sequence, or one semester of each; human focus preferred)
  • Biology (two semesters, lab recommended)
  • Chemistry (two semesters with lab)
  • English (two semesters: one composition, one literature, or one writing intensive)
  • Physics (two semesters with lab)
  • Psychology (two semesters: must include psychology beyond the introductory level)
  • Statistics (one semester)

All science courses must be for science/health science majors.

3. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The GRE is required for all applicants and should have been completed within the last five years. Official GRE score reports must be received by the application deadline for an application to be considered for admission. The institution code for GW is 5246. This code submits your scores directly to GW. PTCAS does not track receipt of official scores on behalf of GW.

4. Statement of Purpose

In addition to your PTCAS essay, please address the GW supplemental short essay question (within the PTCAS online application) describing your reasons for undertaking your studies specifically at The George Washington University Physical Therapy program.

5. Official Transcripts

Please submit an official transcript from every college and university you attended, whether or not a degree was earned, directly to PTCAS.

All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by World Education Services and submitted directly to PTCAS. 

6. Recommendations

Two recommendations are required and must be submitted through PTCAS.  Please do not submit additional recommendations directly to GW. One letter of recommendation must be from a licensed physical therapist. Recommendations are not acceptable from family members and friends.

Additional letters of recommendation are preferred/encouraged from:

  • Individuals who served in a supervisory capacity for you and who can strongly attest to your work ethic, and/or
  • Academic instructors who can strongly attest to your academic ability

7. English Language Test

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens are required to submit official test scores for either Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearsons Test of English (PTE) Academic, or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). International applicants are required to complete the question under the PTCAS online application directly related to the English Language Test. The following are the minimum scores for admission consideration:

  • TOEFL: 250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based
  • PTE: overall score of 68
  • IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0, with no individual band score below 6.0

TOEFL code: 5246

International applicants who meet the following conditions may be considered for admission without submitting TOEFL, PTE or IELTS or scores:

  • They are a citizen of countries where English is the official language (as identified by GW ISO list of Exempt countries) OR
  • They hold at least a bachelor degree from a country where English is the official language as well as language of instruction OR
  • They hold at least a bachelor degree from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency

International Applicants

Due to new U.S. federal government regulations, all international applicants should apply at least six months in advance of the application deadline. Additionally, all international applicants must review the information regarding Visa Requests and Financial Certification.

Transferring Credits

Applicants interested in transfer of credit from other institutions must first meet the admissions requirements. The transfer applicant must provide evidence that he/she is in good academic standing and demonstrates an appropriate level of professional comportment. The PT program reserves the right to limit any transfer or advanced placement of credit to the basic sciences courses (Functional Anatomy, Applied Physiology). Transfer students must formally petition the Program Director for transfer credit into the GW Program in Physical Therapy.  Only courses instructed with comparable content and rigor in which the student has earned a “B-” grade or better will be approved for transfer credit.   Please contact our main admissions office at for additional information.  

Entrance Requirements

Students admitted to the DPT program must also perform the following:

  1. Review the program's Technical Standards
  2. Review the Health Sciences' Background and Drug Screen Policies 
  3. Review the program's Health Records and Preclinical Requirements
  4. Document Submission: Candidates who are accepted into the DPT degree program will be required to submit the following at matriculation:
    • Immunization records, including PPD and evidence of Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella, Diphtheria, Polio, and Tetanus vaccination.
    • Copy of physical examination
    • Copy of health insurance
    • Copy of criminal background check
    • Copy of drug screening test