Admissions Requirements

Full-time students are admitted to the program, which starts in the fall semester of each year. The program invites applications from individuals who have or will have received by the time of enrollment a baccalaureate degree granted by a college or university of recognized standing.

The minimum prerequisites for admission include the following coursework:

Biology 1 (4 credits)

One 4-credit basic biology course with lab. Introductory courses must be taken through the Biology Department. Biology courses designated for nursing or allied health students are not acceptable. Students on the quarter system must take a three-part series or three separate basic biology courses. Courses with laboratory for science majors are preferred. Online courses must be approved. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.

Biology II 4 credits)

One 4-credit basic biology course with lab. Introductory courses must be taken through the Biology Department. Biology courses designated for nursing or allied health students are not acceptable. Students on the quarter system must take a three-part series or three separate basic biology courses. Courses with laboratory for science majors are preferred. Online courses must be approved. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.

Chemistry I (4 credits)

One 4-credit chemistry course for science majors with laboratory. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.

Chemistry II (4 credits)

One 4-credit chemistry course for science majors with laboratory. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.

Physics I (4 credits)

One 4-credit physics course. The course does not have to be calculus-based. Courses with laboratory for science majors are preferred. Online courses must be approved by the DPT program's admissions coordinator. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.

Physics II (4 credits)

One 4-credit physics course. The course does not have to be calculus-based. Courses with laboratory for science majors are preferred. Online courses must be approved by the DPT program's admissions coordinator. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted.

Anatomy (3 credits)

One 3-credit anatomy course. Laboratory is not required but preferred. Online courses must be approved by the DPT Program's admissions coordinator. Coursework older than five years will not be accepted. 

Physiology (3 credits)

One 3-credit physiology course. Laboratory is not required but preferred. Online courses must be approved by the DPT Program's admissions coordinator. Coursework older than five years will not be accepted. 

One additional science (3-4 credits)

Any biology, chemistry, physics, movement science, motor learning, applied physiology course beyond the prerequisites is acceptable. Online courses must be approved by the DPT Program's admissions coordinator. Coursework older than five years will not be accepted. 

Psychology (3 credits)

One 3-credit psychology course. 

Social/Behavioral Science (3 credits)

One 3-credit social/behavioral science course.

Statistics (3 credits)

One 3-credit basic course taken within the Biology, Mathematics or Psychology Departments. Statistics for business or economics does not fulfill this requirement. Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted. 

Letters of Recommendation

One (1) letter from a physical therapist

Two (2) letters must be from professors who have instructed you in one or more courses. For applicants in their final year of undergraduate study, one (1) academic reference should be from a professor in the applicant's major area of study. Applicants who have been out of school for three or more years and are completing prerequisite coursework as a post-baccalaureate student can use current professors as reference sources. 

An applicant who has documented experience in undergraduate or professional research can submit an additional letter of recommendation from the research advisor.

Composite recommendations kept on file at the university and submitted by a pre-health/pre-medical committee or pre-health advisor are acceptable.

 

 

Volunteer or work-related experience (observation hours)

A letter of recommendation (required reference) from a physical therapist should provide a brief description of the facility and attest to hours completed.

75 PT hours are required. Recommended number of PT hours: 100.

Certification in CPR and First Aid

Please upload in the documents section of the PTCAS application. If certification is not completed at the time of application, email the certification to ptadmissions@cumc.columbia.edu no later than December 17, 2019.

Resume

Please upload in the documents section of the PTCAS application or email to ptadmissions@cumc.columbia.edu no later than December 17, 2019.

At least 14 of the 17 prerequisite courses outlined above should be completed at the time of application. It is strongly recommended that all the biological science courses be completed by the December application deadline date.

Advanced placement credit cannot be used to fulfill prerequisite course work. The courses waived based on advanced credit do not need to be repeated, but supplemental courses need to be taken. For example, advanced placement credit for Biology I and II can be fulfilled by taking any two biology courses, such as Microbiology, Genetics, etc.

Applicants wishing to complete prerequisite courses online must have prior approval by the program's admissions coordinator.