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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) - three years

Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree and who have satisfactorily completed all pre-requisite courses (see Admissions criteria) may apply to enter the professional phase (year 4) of the DPT Program as graduate students. Following successful completion of the 3-year professional phase these students will receive the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. This entry-level clinical doctorate allows graduates to apply for physical therapy licensure; hence this program is not appropriate for individuals who have already earned a physical therapy degree either in the U.S. or in other countries.

The School of Physical Therapy at Husson University participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). PTCAS allows PT applicants to use a single Web-based application and one set of materials to apply to multiple PT programs.  Applicants must follow all PTCAS and program-specific instructions when applying to graduate Physical Therapy programs which use the PTCAS application system.


Graduate DPT Applicants for Fall 2022 Entry

Graduate student applicants applying for fall 2022 entry into the three-year DPT program must apply online through PTCAS, the Central Application Service for Physical Therapy programs.  PTCAS applications for Fall 2022 will be accepted at beginning July 3, 2021. Please apply early as it is time consuming to collect your supporting application materials. The PTCAS application deadline for Husson applicants, fall 2022 is December 12, 2022.

Husson University has adopted a rolling admissions process.  Completed PTCAS applications will be reviewed starting on December 16, 2021 and will continue until April 1, 2022.  Later applications will be considered for admissions on a space available basis.  Official transcripts showing evidence of completion of a Bachelor's degree must be sent to Husson's Graduate Admissions Office by the program's start date in August.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • have an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • meet or exceed a 25% minimum GRE score on all three tests:  verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing
  • have successfully completed the following pre-requisite courses with a minimum grade of C:
  • Introductory Statistics (3 credits)
  • General Psychology (3 credits)
  • Anatomy with lab (4 credits)
  • Physiology with lab (4 credits)
  • May take Anatomy and Physiology I and II to meet anatomy and physiology requirements (8 credits)
  • Chemistry I and II with labs (8 credits)
  • Physics I and II with labs (8 credits)
  • Two Biology courses (6 to 8 credits)
  • Upper level Psychology (3 credits), such as Abnormal, Development or Child Psychology

Applicants must submit the following items to PTCAS:

  • Application with application fee
  • Official transcripts of all previous college or university work
  • Official GRE transcript of test score taken within 5 years of application
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a physical therapist or employer and one from a past instructor
  • Physical Therapy observation hours verification
  • One essay responding to PTCAS prompt
  • Please write an essay on one of the following topics. Limit your essay to 4,500 characters (equivalent to two typed pages, double-spaced). The essay will be evaluated on organization, clarity, grammar, and punctuation, as well as content. Please include the topic at the top of your essay.

    --Topic one: Think of an example where you have failed? How did you use that experience to help you grow? What does success mean to you?

    --Topic two: Give an example of a time that you have received feedback and how you used that feedback to make changes?

Click here to download "Essential Requirements of Physical Therapy Education at Husson University."

All candidates should be aware that, following graduation from the Husson University Physical Therapy Program, the State of Maine may not issue a physical therapist license to a person with a prior conviction of a felony (Class A, B or C crime), which is defined as a crime that is punishable by one year or more of imprisonment (Maine Physical Therapist Practice Act, Chapter 45-A, 32 § 3117-A).