Prospective Students

infoImportant Dates

Application Deadline: Sept. 30, 2020

Tentative Interview Dates: Nov. 6-8, 2020

Interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Interviewees will have multiple Zoom sessions within this three day period. Zoom calls will include 10-minute sessions, 30-minute sessions, and an optional one-hour window to visit with current students. We look forward to talking with you!

Students working with client


Admission to the DPT program is available through Regular Admission (applicants will have a bachelor’s degree prior to beginning the professional program, including SHarP Scholars) or Early Admission (allows students to enter the professional program with 90 credit hours).

  • All applicants must have successfully completed the core required courses.   At the time of application, students may have up to three core courses to be completed with no more than two core courses planned for the spring semester.  All offers of acceptance to the program are conditional upon successful completion of core requirements and maintenance of the minimum GPA requirements. Core Required Courses for Admission to PT
  • Students must complete 40 hours of observation of a licensed Physical Therapist, covering at least two types of PT facilities. These hours must be completed prior to the application deadline.
  • Students are required to complete the GRE and have scores reported to the DPT department by the application deadline.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be modifying requirements for the 2020 application cycle.

  • The requirement for observation hours (40 hours, two unique settings) will be waived for the 2020 applicants. We will ask you to report what you did complete on the Activities and Awards Questionnaire, however, this information will not be part of the decision process.
  • The requirement for the GRE will be waived for the 2020 applicants. Although some of you may have completed the exam, we will not be using the scores in our application decisions this year.
  • We will accept a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (Pass/Fail) grade in any core requirement (pre-requisites courses) taken during Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 semesters.

Please feel free to contact if you have any questions about the application process. Thank you, and stay safe!

DPT Application Materials — Official Application in Slate Available August 1

  • Regular Admission — for students who will have completed a Bachelor degree by May of the application year.
  • Early Admission — for students who will have completed three years of residential coursework on a college campus (minimum of 90 credit hours). Students who enter without a bachelor’s degree must have satisfied the MU general education, graduation requirements, and taken two Writing Intensive courses. Students who are admitted without a degree will receive a bachelor’s degree (BHS in Pre-Professional Physical Therapy) at the completion of the first year.
  • Activities and Awards Questionnaire
  • Essential Functions

SHarP Scholar for Physical Therapy

The Department of Physical Therapy offers a guaranteed admission option for high school seniors and first semester MU freshmen. Students selected as SHarP Scholars, who remain in good standing, are guaranteed a position in the PT program upon satisfactory completion of the undergraduate degree and successful completion of the requirements for admission to the program.

Potential SHarP Scholar students must have a composite score of 30 on the ACT (or equivalent SAT score) and be ranked in the top 10% of their high school class. Students must submit a completed application by November 15th to be considered. Applicants are required to complete an interview process with the physical therapy department before selections are finalized.

**Meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee acceptance as a SHarP Scholar. The Department of Physical Therapy has a cap on the number of SHarP Scholar positions available each year and many excellent candidates cannot be offered a SHarP Scholar position.

SHarP Application and Instructions

Tentative Interview Date: December 11, 2020

Interviews will be held via Zoom.

Pre-Professional Physical Therapy Organization

Consider joining your peers in this student organization!

Contact us for more information

  • Phone:  573-882-7103 to set up an appointment to visit with a faculty advisor.
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