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Admission Requirements

Students applying for admission to the graduate program in Physical Therapy at Marymount University must meet the following minimum standards to be eligible for consideration:
  • A 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average for all college and university coursework.
  • A 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average on core Physical Therapy prerequisite coursework (see list below).
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university prior to entry into the Physical Therapy program.
  • Completion or planned completion prior to entry into the Physical Therapy program of all core Physical Therapy prerequisite courses, with a grade of "C" or better in each course. No more than 12 credits from this group of courses may remain incomplete at the time of application to this program.
  • Completion of forty (40) hours of observation or volunteer service work in a physical therapy clinical setting, verified by a physical therapist from the clinical setting (these hours may be completed at more than one clinical facility).
  • Scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the past five (5) years.  

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite courses for the program are:*

(Marymount course equivalences in parentheses)

  • Two (2) courses of biological sciences with lab (BIO 151-152* General Biology I and II)
  • One (1) course of anatomy/anatomy and physiology I with lab (BIO 161 Anatomy and Physiology I)
  • One (1) course of physiology/anatomy and physiology II with lab (BIO 162 Anatomy and Physiology II)
  • Two (2) courses of general chemistry with lab (e.g. CHM 151-152 Principles of Chemistry I and II)
  • Two (2) courses of general physics with lab (PHYS 171-172 General Physics I and II)
  • One (1) course of psychology (PSY 101 General Psychology)
  • One (1) course of statistics (MA 132 Statistical Analysis)

Note:  A grade of C (not C-) is the minimum grade considered as acceptable for any one of the prerequisite courses. However, the "average" grade required across all prerequisite science courses is B (3.0). Thus, a grade higher than C may be required for a specific course to assure the overall science GPA expectations are met. The equivalent courses offered at Marymount University are noted for comparison.

Materials that must be submitted as part of PTCAS application

A completed application includes
  • the PTCAS application form;
  • a $30 application fee sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions, 2807 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207;
  • an essay, as described on the PTCAS application;
  • official transcripts for all college and university coursework;
  • verification of completing 40 hours of clinical observation or work in a physical therapy setting under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist;
  • two letters of recommendation (using the form provided by PTCAS) from faculty, academic advisors, physical therapists, or employers addressing the applicant’s ability, motivation, and interest in pursuing graduate studies in Physical Therapy;
  • scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The GRE code for Marymount’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is 7738.