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Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Admission Requirements

PTCAS is currently open for applications for the January 2021 start date.

Admission to Marist's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program is competitive. Each applicant will be evaluated on his/her individual merits. Decisions will be based on academic record, references, GRE score, and an on-campus interview.

All students admitted to the Marist DPT Program will be required to have a health screening and criminal background check completed prior to matriculation. Acceptance into and successful completion of the program does not imply or guarantee that the student will be able to obtain state licensure upon graduation.

COVID-19 Admission Policy 


All students applying to the Marist's DPT program will do so via The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).

Degree Prerequisites

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or an equivalent institution must be awarded prior to matriculation into the program. A baccalaureate degree is a minimum requirement; therefore, a master's or doctorate-level degree awarded in lieu of a baccalaureate degree will meet this requirement.

Required Course Prerequisites

There is currently no time limit on prerequisites.

  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II: 4 credits each, including applicable labs
  • General Biology I and II: 4 credits each, including applicable labs
  • General Chemistry I and II: 4 credits each, including applicable labs
  • Physics I and II: 4 credits each, including applicable labs
  • Psychology: 6 credits
  • Statistics: 3 credits

The academic standard for admission is a 3.0 GPA overall, combined with a 3.0 GPA for science prerequisite courses. All of the above courses must be completed with grades of “C+” or above. Please note that a “C” will not be accepted. All science prerequisite courses MUST include a lab. Students can have no more than two prerequisites in progress at the time their application is submitted for verification. Submission of the following documentation is also required: 

  • Official GRE score report showing a minimum of a 3.5 on the Analytical Writing Section (PTCAS GRE code is 2682)
  • TOEFL score (if high school graduate of a non-English speaking country)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • PT volunteer/work experience forms demonstrating a minimum of 80 hours of volunteer or work-related PT experience. The hours must be in a minimum of two different settings
  • A background check will be required once students are admitted as a condition of their acceptance.

Letters of Reference

Two letters of reference must be received in order for an application to be complete. This form is to be completed and submitted by a non-relative professional reference, including a professor, employer, or physical therapist with whom a clinical observation was performed. This individual should be able to attest to your character, strengths/weaknesses, integrity, and work ethic.

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Accreditation Status

Effective November 8, 2017, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program of Marist College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:  If needing to contact the program/institution, please call (845) 575-3800 or email:

Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation. “All credits and degrees earned and issued by a program holding candidacy are considered to be from an accredited program.” CAPTE Rules of Practice and Procedure, Part 7.2, Version 20.1.05, May 2020. As such, students graduating from the DPT Program are eligible to take the licensure examination.