Minimum Requirements for Assured Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program – Transfer Students

Prerequisite courses must be taken through the appropriate department; e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology.

Requirements for Students Who Transfer to Arcadia University

Transfer students who pursue an interest in the 4+DPT Physical Therapy program with assured admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must meet the criteria for freshmen students as well as the following:

  1. Transfer students must attend Arcadia with full-time status and complete a minimum of 64 credits. This requirement may be waived for students who choose to study abroad during one of their last four semesters.
  2. Seven courses in the prerequisite areas must be taken at Arcadia University.
  3. Students must complete BI 206 Human Physiology at Arcadia University or a 300-level Biology course with a lab (if Human Physiology is already completed elsewhere). All courses used toward the minimum prerequisite biological and physical science requirements must be directed towards science majors and taken through the appropriate science departments (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Physics).
  4. Students may transfer two Psychology courses for the Pre-Physical Therapy prerequisites. If students are transferring only one Psychology course, then they must either take a second Psychology course (other than PY 111) or a course in Anthropology or Sociology.
  5. Students who transfer more than four prerequisite courses must take additional advanced courses to satisfy prerequisite requirements. These additional courses must be taken in one of the following areas: Biology, Chemistry, Statistics/Mathematics, Physics, or Psychology.
  6. Students desiring assured admission must submit their completed applications electronically to PTCAS by November 1 of the academic year of graduation from Arcadia University.

International applicants should visit for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. TOEFL/IELTS results are required for all students for whom English is a second language or who have not earned degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g., the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required.

Students whose credentials do not meet requirements that assure admission to the doctoral program may still apply. They must meet the minimum requirements of the general applicant pool by the time of application and will be considered in relation to other qualified candidates. Please see the Graduate Catalog for the minimum requirements.


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