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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Application for the first cohort is now closed. The PT program will accept PTCAS applications for Summer 2021 from July through November 1st, 2020.

COVID-19 Application Updates

Please note the changes outlined below are only applicable to applications submitted to the program in 2020 for admission in summer of 2021.

Observation Hours

We recognize that it may be difficult for applicants to complete observation hours at this time. Although we recommend a minimum of 48 hours of observations, we will not require documentation as part of the 2021 admission cycle. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and may expect applicants to complete observations prior to program start.

Prerequisite Courses

For pre-requisite courses taken during the spring 2020 semester ONLY, we will allow courses to be graded as a pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory. No additional prerequisite courses graded in this manner, or taken in terms other that spring 2020, will be accepted for admission to the program. The content provided by required prerequisites are essential to success in the DPT program. If you feel your grasp of the content in any of these courses is not as strong as it could be we encourage you to consider taking a course(s) again. Please note that the required 3.0 cumulative grade point average still applies.

All Coursework

Course work, including prerequisite courses, taken online will be accepted.

Non Prerequisite Courses: The program will allow courses to be graded as a pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory taken ONLY in the spring 2020 term. This applies to courses that are not routinely graded as pass/fail and/or satisfactory/unsatisfactory. Courses that are regularly graded as pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory will continue to be accepted as normal.

Letters of Reference

Three letters of recommendations are still required; however, the “required” physical therapist reference is now “recommended.”


Official transcripts can be submitted to PTCAS for the OCU DPT program as late as February 1, 2021. If official transcripts cannot be sent by the November 1 deadline applicants MUST submit unofficial transcripts to PTCAS before the November 1 application deadline. If official transcripts are not received by PTCAS at the time an admission decision is made, any offers will be conditional based on receipt of official transcripts with no grade discrepancies.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

OCU DPT will continue to require the GRE for all applicants. The deadline for OCU to receive GRE scores is November 1. Applicants are encouraged to take the GRE early to allow plenty of time for scores to be received by the program. The Designated University GRE Code for the DPT program at OCU is 4914.

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CAPTE accreditation of a physical therapist program satisfies state educational requirements in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist education programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at

Application Instructions

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Doctor of Physical Therapy Advisement Dates

For additional information on the OCU Doctor of Physical Therapy and to meet one-on-one with an advisor, register here for Doctor of Physical Therapy advisement! Choose from the following dates:

2021 Dates

Additional dates coming soon.

Graduate Admissions can be reached at or call (405) 208-5094.