Application Deadline: Sept. 30

Tentative Interview dates: Nov. 6-7, 2020


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.

All students are encouraged to contact the Physical Therapy Department for any advice regarding the application process.

DPT Application Materials

  • 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.
  • 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

Pre-Professional Physical Therapy Organization
Consider joining your peers in this student organization!


  • Phone:  882-7103 to set up an appointment to visit with a faculty advisor.
  • Email: umcshppt@missouri.edu