2019-20 Applicants

Duke University


This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.

Contact Information more...

Stephanie Halpin
Assistant Director of Admissions
Doctor of Physical Therapy Division
Duke University
Erwin Square Plaza
2200 W. Main Street Wing B
Suite B-230
Durham NC, 27705
(919) 668-5206
dptadmis@dm.duke.edu

General Information

PT program start date for entering class
08/11/2020
Institution's religious affiliation
Interdenominational
Social networking
Facebook Page for PT Program
Facebook Page for Parent University/College/School
Twitter Page for PT Program
Twitter Page for Parent University/College/School
 

Incoming Class Profile

Size of most recent entering class
82
Anticipated size of next entering class
82
% of IN-STATE applicants accepted
15%
% of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted
85%
% of Class Taken via Early Decision Process
50%

Sex

% Male
33%
% Female
67%

Race / Ethnicity

% Hispanic
1%
% Asian
7%
% African-American/Black (Non-Hispanic)
13%
% White (Not of Hispanic Origin)
61%
% Two or More Races
14%
% Declining to State
4%

Program Description more...

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Duke University is celebrating over 75 years of excellence in providing the very finest in physical therapist education. The educational component of one of the country’s oldest, most esteemed physical therapy programs, Duke’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program traces its beginnings to a nine-month post-baccalaureate certificate program first offered by the School of Medicine in 1943.

Since its inception, our faculty has been dedicated to the well-being and professional development of our students, providing excellence in prevention and care to the communities we serve, and fostering quality research in both clinical and basic sciences. Duke’s Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum is a two year and eight-month, full-time integration of clinical and didactic education. This integrated educational experience provides a comprehensive foundation in the science and art of physical therapy, preparing graduates to serve as primary care, evidence-based practitioners.

Through excellence in education, clinical practice and research, our program has gained an international reputation and has consistently been ranked as one of the top physical therapist programs in the country.

Application Deadlines

PTCAS application deadline
10/15/2019
Deadline type
Firm
Program has rolling admissions process?
Yes
Important dates

The Duke DPT Program has a rolling admissions process which means applications are reviewed throughout the application process, applicants are encouraged to APPLY EARLY!  Our Admissions Committee does a holistic review of each application, considering multiple factors when making admissions decisions (GPA, GRE, letters of recommendation, essay/short answer questions, observation hours, extra curricular activities, leadership abilities, etc.).  

If you are interested in visiting, please visit our website to sign up for the date that works best for you (http://dpt.duhs.duke.edu/). These dates will be posted at the end of January.


Early Decision

Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?
Yes
Special eligibility requirements for Early Decision candidates
Early decision candidates must have ALL application materials submitted to PTCAS before the early decision deadline. This includes:

1. Application submitted to PTCAS

2. GRE scores submitted to the program's PTCAS GRE code #5473. These scores must include the percentile score for each subcategory.

3. All 3 reference letters submitted to PTCAS or directly to the program (see reference requirements below).

4. All official transcripts and/or WES evaluations submitted directly to PTCAS.

Deposits

Deposit Required
Yes
Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants
$1000.00
Additional Information about Deposit
The $1,000.00 deposit is applied directly to the student's Fall tuition.
Deposit Refundable?
No
Due Date of First Required Deposit
01/15/2020

Interviews

Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?
Yes
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GPA

GPA Scores
MINIMUM GPA Score
AVERAGE GPA score for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative
3.60
3.60
Program-specific Prerequisite
3.70
3.70
 
Additional information about program's GPA requirements
There is no undergraduate cumulative or program specific prerequisite minimum GPA requirement. Average GPA for Natural Science coursework 3.6.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Is GRE Required?
Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code
5473
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle
12/31/2019
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle
05/31/2014
Additional information about program's GRE requirements
Official GRE scores are required; however, when entering unofficial GRE scores please be sure to enter the scores AND percentiles for each section (verbal, quantitative, analytical).

Observation Hours

 
It is required that all applicants have at least 100 verified observation hours at the time of application.

It is strongly recommended that applicants have hours in a variety of clinical settings and specialties if possible.

All observation hours must be with a licensed physical therapist. Time spent shadowing with a physical therapy assistant, occupational therapist, athletic trainer, etc. will not count towards this requirement.
Program's PT hours requirement
PT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED
100
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours
12/31/2019
Paid
Accepted/Considered
Volunteer
Accepted/Considered
Inpatient
Accepted/Considered
Outpatient
Accepted/Considered

Supplemental/Upload Requirements

Supplemental FEE required?
Yes
Supplemental fee amount
$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?
No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?
No
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Applicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluator
Applicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirements
Evaluator type ACCEPTED
Evaluator type NOT accepted

Evaluator Types

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist (additional)
Professor in Major
Professor
Academic
Supervisor/Employer
Teaching Assistant
PTA
Pre-PT Advisor
Politician
Health Care Professional
Friend
Family Member
Co-worker
Clergy
Other
Number of references required by program
3
Additional information about program's reference requirements
The Duke University DPT Program requires three reference letters. Please be sure to carefully review these requirements. If the reference letter requirements are not fulfilled then the application will not be considered complete. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure they have submitted the proper reference letters.

A) Each applicant MUST submit at least one reference letter from a licensed physical therapist they have observed/shadowed. Reference letters from physical therapy assistants (PTAs), athletic trainers, etc. will not be accepted.

B) Each applicant MUST submit at least one reference letter from a professor that taught them in a collegiate classroom/course setting. This letter does not have to be from a professor in your major. Letters from teaching assistants, graduate assistants, academic advisors, lab instructors, internship advisors, etc. WILL NOT fulfill this requirement.

C) Each applicant MUST submit one reference letter from someone of their choice; however, letters from family members WILL NOT be accepted. Letters from physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, professors, advisors, lab instructors, coaches, mentors, supervisors/employers, academic advisors, other health care professionals, etc. will be accepted.

Foreign Applicants and Transcripts

Citizenship types eligible for admission U.S. citizens
  • U.S. citizens
  • U.S. permanent residents
  • Canadian citizens
  • Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?
No
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) coursework
Send WES foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN coursework
  • Send WES foreign evaluation for Canadian courses to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign coursework
All foreign transcripts (Canadian transcripts included) must be evaluated by the World Education Service (www.wes.org). All foreign transcript evaluation (WES) reports must be sent directly to PTCAS.

After you select the program and enter your coursework on the application, you may be required to match your courses to the program's course prerequisites in the "Prerequisites" tab of the "Program Materials" section.
General information
All prerequisite courses MUST be completed with a grade of C or better

Pass/Fail courses will NOT be accepted.

Anatomy and Physiology courses MUST be taken within 5 years of application. Anatomy and Physiology courses taken on or before May 31, 2014 WILL NOT be accepted. Anatomy and Physiology courses taken on or after June 1, 2014 WILL be accepted.

Comparative and/or evolutionary Anatomy/Physiology courses will NOT fulfill the anatomy and physiology prerequisite. Anatomy courses should focus on muscle origins, insertions, actions, innervation patterns, etc. Physiology courses should focus on striated/cardiac muscle, cardiovascular regulation, respiration/gas exchange, hormonal control, thermoregulation, acid-base homeostasis, etc. Please visit our website (dpt.duhs.duke.edu) and review our Prerequisite Overview for more information.

We will accept anatomy and physiology courses taken in sequence (e.g. A&P 1 and A&P 2 usually offer by the biology department) or we will accept anatomy and physiology courses taken separately (usually offered by an exercise science, kinesiology, or other allied health department).
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy
Evolutionary or Comparative Anatomy courses will NOT fulfill the anatomy prerequisite. Anatomy/Physiology courses taken before 7/1/2014 WILL NOT be accepted. Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Biology / Biological Science
Biology courses should be taken within the Biology Department. The ONLY course that will be accepted outside of the Biology Department is Exercise Physiology. Courses should be General Biology level or higher (introductory courses not accepted).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
Biology / Biological Science
Biology courses should be taken within the Biology Department. The ONLY course that will be accepted outside of the Biology Department is Exercise Physiology. Courses should be General Biology level or higher (introductory courses not accepted).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
Chemistry I
Chemistry courses should be taken within the Chemistry department. Courses should be General Chemistry level or higher (introductory courses will not be accepted).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry I
Chemistry II
Chemistry courses should be taken within the Chemistry department. Courses should be General Chemistry level or higher (introductory courses will not be accepted).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
  • Chemistry II
Physics I
Physics courses should be taken within the Physics department. Course topics should include: light, heat, electricity, mechanics, sound, etc.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Physics courses should be taken within the Physics department. The only course outside of the physics department that will be accepted is biomechanics. Course topics should include: light, heat, electricity, mechanics, sound, etc.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics II
Physiology
Evolutionary or Comparative Anatomy courses will NOT fulfill the anatomy prerequisite. Anatomy/Physiology courses taken on or before 7/1/2014 WILL NOT be accepted. Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
Psychology
Psychology courses should be taken within the Psychology department.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Psychology
Psychology courses should be taken within the Psychology department.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Statistics
Calculus and noncalculus based statistics courses will be accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics