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Physical Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

College: College of Nursing and Health Professions

Department: Physical Therapy


The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is the preferred degree by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) and it reflects the current level of study that is required to meet the latest standards for physical therapy education.

The DPT program is designed so that a bachelor's degree and prerequisites to the program are completed prior to the professional coursework. Once accepted into the program, students attend full time for 3 years to complete the DPT degree.  


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Arkansas State University (A-STATE) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). 

Note:  Applicants must apply online to the A-STATE Graduate Program AND to PTCAS. Transcripts must be sent to both of them. (see Admission Process below).

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  • Prerequisites

    Bachelor's Degree

    All Applicants must have a bachelor's degree. No specific field of study is required. Students are encouraged to select undergraduate majors consistent with their individual abilities and interests; however, the required courses in some majors such as biology and exercise science are more consistent with the specific DPT prerequisites. Students in other majors may have to complete more credit hours than the minimum required for graduation.

    * Applicants must have an overall GPA score of 3.0 or higher to apply. Overall GPA Includes concurrent high school, undergraduate, and graduate credits.

    Prerequisite Courses

    IMPORTANT: Satisfactory completion with a letter grade of B or higher in all prerequisite courses are required for admission to the DPT program. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the application deadline (February 1st). 

    • Medical Terminology (1 to 3 credits - Must be taken from an accredited college or university)
    • Statistics (3 credits)
    • General Physics I (4 credits - Must include lab)
    • General Physics II (4 credits - Must include lab)
    • Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits - Must include lab)
    • Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits - Must include lab)

    **Exception:  Due to COVID-19, students receiving “Credit” for a prerequisite course in Spring 2020, will be eligible to apply for the DPT program.

  • Admission Process


    Arkansas State University's DPT program subscribes to the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants for admission to the A-STATE DPT program MUST apply online using the PTCAS application. In addition, students must also apply online to the ASTATE Graduate Program. Transcripts must be sent to both PTCAS and A-STATE's Graduate Program (see links below).

    The deadline for submitting applications to PTCAS and the Graduate Program is February 1st.

    Applying to PTCAS

    To learn more about the PTCAS application process and to get started, please go to the https://portal.ptcas.org/. Information about the A-STATE Graduate School application is included as "supplemental material" on the PTCAS website. If you encounter difficulty with PTCAS, please contact their Customer Service at 617-612-2040 or ptcasinfo@ptcas.org .

    Once a student has submitted an application through PTCAS, the transcript information is verified by PTCAS. This process takes time and depends both on the efficiency of PTCAS and the speed with which your schools respond to the inquiries from PTCAS. A-State will accept completed, verified applications from PTCAS until March 1st.

    If PTCAS has not completed the verification process by March 1st, the application will not be considered, even if it was submitted by the February 1st deadline. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications well before the deadline to ensure that the verification process will be completed by the deadline. The DPT program requires the GRE scores for admissions. 

    ***Students must send GRE scores to PTCAS (code #4108) AND A-State Graduate Programs (code #6011).

    The Department of Physical Therapy will notify applicants of admission status after March 1st.

    Applying to the A-State Graduate Program

    To apply to the A-State Graduate Program, simply complete the online application on their website.  You will be prompted for the program in which you wish to apply for on the application.

    Go to the graduate program application >>

    Transcripts/ Immunizations

    Official transcripts MUST be sent to both PTCAS and A-STATE Traditional Graduate Programs. Please do not send transcripts to the A-STATE Physical Therapy Department unless specifically requested to. Transcripts and immunization records for A-STATE Traditional Graduate Programs should be sent to:

    A-State Traditional Graduate Programs
    PO Box 1570
    State University, AR 72467

    A-State Graduate Programs' can be contacted at 870-972-2031 or gradadmissions@astate.edu .

    The application fee of $50 can be paid online (through your applicant account) or by phone to the Cashier’s Window at 870-972-3847.

    A-STATE Transcripts

    Students who have attended one or more of the A-STATE campuses (i.e. Newport, Beebe, etc.) must still request transcripts from them separately to be sent to A-STATE in Jonesboro. A-STATE campuses are independent of each other in regards to transcripts and can only be verified by the campus where the courses were actually taken.

    Background Checks

    Based on recent legislation in Arkansas, students will be required to complete a background check AFTER they receive conditional admission into the program. 

    Arkansas State University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions works with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish an acceptable screening procedure. The cost of the background check is between $50 and $100.

    Background Checks for Students Newly Admitted into the PT Program

    Students who are conditionally admitted into the PT program must submit an initial background check to complete their admission requirements into the program. View the step-by-step background check guide for new PT students>>>

    Technical Skills and Abilities

    Prior to admittance to the A-State Physical Therapy Program, students must complete the Technical Skills and Ability form. View form here >>>

  • How We Score Applications (2019)

    Scoring of Applications Beginning 2019


    Beginning in 2019, the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) will be required for application to the A-State Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  Additionally, ALL PREREQUISITES MUST BE COMPLETED by February 1.  The following scoring rubric is how the program will score applications.  The top 30 scores will be selected for admissions. 

    I. The GRE has three parts. (32.5% of Total Admissions Score)

    1. Verbal Reasoning                             130 – 170 score scale (1 point increments)
    2. Quantitative Reasoning                    130 – 170 score scale (1 point increments)
    3. Analytical Writing                              0 – 6 score scale (0.5 point increments)

    A sliding scale approach is suggested.  Below is an example scale


    130 – 140

    5 points


    141 – 150

    6 points


    151 – 160

    7.5 points


    161 – 170

    10 points





    130 – 140

    5 points


    141 – 150

    6 points


    151 – 160

    7.5 points


    161 – 170

    10 points




    Analytical Writing


    1 points



    2 points



    3 points



    4 points



    6 points



    8 points



    9 points



    11 points



    12 points



    12.5 points




    Total GRE Admissions Score


       /32.5 possible

    II. Overall GPA (15% of Overall Admissions Score) should also continue to be considered. PTCAS computes GPA and reports. Using GPA would be no additional work for the Admissions Committee.  The following scale would be suggested.

    3.00 – 3.15

    2 points

    3.16 – 3.30

    4 Points

    3.31 – 3.45

    6 points

    3.46 – 3.60

    8 points

    3.61 – 3.75

    10 points

    3.76 – 3.90

    12 points

    3.90 – 4.00

    15 points



    Overall GPA Score

       / 15 points possible


    III. Last 60 GPA - It is also easily possible to allow PTCAS to compute Last 60 Credits GPA. The following conceptually identical scale could be used for Last 60 Credits GPA.

    3.00 – 3.15

    12 points

    3.16 – 3.30

    16 Points

    3.31 – 3.45

    20 points

    3.46 – 3.60

    24 points

    3.61 – 3.75

    28 points

    3.76 – 3.90

    34 points

    3.90 – 4.00

    40 points



    Overall Last 60 Credits GPA Score

       / 40 points possible


    IV. Residency can be scored as it currently is being scored

    ASTATE Graduate                 7.5 points

    Arkansas Resident                  5.0 points

    Delta Resident                        2.0 points

    (States included for Delta Residents: AR, MO, IL, KY, TN, MS and LA)

    Others                                     0 points


    V. Spanish Proficiency          0 – 5 points based on OPI rating

    Students must use the link below for additional points.


    • When prompted to choose a language select Spanish
    • Then choose ACTFL OPI or ACTFL OPIc under the speaking column to schedule a test 


    Total Admissions Score        (I + II + III + IV + V)             / 100

  • Tuition & Fees

    Doctor of Physical Therapy

    In-State Tuition (per credit hour)
    Out-of-State Tuition ( per credit hour)
    International Tuition (per credit hour)
    Required Hourly Fees
    Academic Excellence Fee
    Access and Security Fee
    Athletic Fee
    Facilities Fee
    Technology Fee
    Infrastructure Fee
    Library Fee
    Student Recreation Fee
    Student Union Fee
    Deferred Maintenance Fee
    CNHP Doctoral Support Fee
    Total Per Credit Hour:
    Required Term Fees
    Arkansas Assessment Fee
    Student Activity Fee (3 or more hours)
    Total Per Term:
    The student activity is only charged in Fall & Spring terms.
    Estimated Additional Expenses
    Pre-Admissions Background Check
    A-State Application Fee
    Graduation Fee: Doctoral
    Licensure Exam
    PEAT/Scorebuilders Exams
    Exam Soft
    Liability Insurance
    Background Check
    Physical Exam / TB
    APTA Dues / PTSA
    Tool Kit
    Uniforms, name tags
    * U.S. Residents with a G.P.A. of at least 3.0 may qualify to receive in-state tuition rates
    Total Expenses
    Total Estimated Program Expenses
    * The total estimated program expense is based on in-state tuition rates. Living expenses while on clinical education are not included in the program expenses.
  • Coursework Overview

    Curriculum, degree requirements, and course descriptions can be found in the most current Graduate Bulletin.

    Visit the bulletins page >>

  • Additional Information


    Students who are currently enrolled in another accredited physical therapy program may apply to the A-STATE DPT program using the regular admissions process. Should a transfer student be admitted into the A-STATE DPT program, up to 9 graduate credit hours may be used to satisfy degree requirements of the DPT which will be determined by the Admissions Committee and approved by the Department Chair and A-STATE Graduate Program.


    The Department of Physical Therapy requires a high level of proficiency in English so that all students will be able to fully meet academic and clinical objectives as well as meet criteria for professional licensure. All *foreign-born students and nurses must take one of the following tests:

    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 83 on the preferred internet-based test (iBT), 570 on the paper-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test.
    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of at least 6.5 and a spoken band score of 7.
    3. Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a score of 56.

    The TOEFL is available at the A-STATE Testing Center. When taking the exam off campus, the report code for Arkansas State University is 6011.

    * The term, "foreign-born" refers to people residing in the United States who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized citizens, lawful permanent immigrants, refugees and asylees, legal non-immigrants (including those on student, work, or other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization. In contrast, the term native born refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: 1) born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; 2) born in United States Insular areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; 3) born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.
    Students may be exempt from the English proficiency testing if the student is foreign-born but attended school in the United States since kindergarten. For the exemption, students must provide official school records showing continuous enrollment in U.S. schools since kindergarten.

    English as a Second Language

    Students who do not meet the required English language proficiency may enroll in A-STATE's English as a Second Language (ESL) program in the International Center for English. Potential physical therapy students enrolled in the ESL program must maintain an average of 85 or higher in levels 0 through 4. In the final or 5th level of the ESL program, an average of 90 or higher must be maintained.

    On completion of the ESL program, the potential physical therapy student must take the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Upon successfully meeting the proficiency requirement, potential students are eligible to apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

    See more information on International Admissions >>
  • Program Statistics

    Acceptance Rates

    Accepted / Applied
    Mean Overall GPA
    Graduating Class of 2022 30/368 3.67
    Graduating Class of 2021 32/755 3.75
    Graduating Class of 2020 30/970 3.65
    Graduating Class of 2019 30/728 3.68
    Graduating Class of 2018 30/430 3.66

    Matriculation Rates

    # of accepted
    # of offered slots (including alternates)
    Graduating Class of 2022 30 75
    Graduating Class of 2021 32 40
    Graduating Class of 2020 30 61
    Graduating Class of 2019 30 76
    Graduating Class of 2018 30 63
    * no class, transition to DPT

    Attrition Rate

    # per class
    Graduating Class of 2021 0/30 0%
    Graduating Class of 2020 2/30 6%
    Graduating Class of 2019 5/30 16%
    Graduating Class of 2018 4/30 13%
    Graduating Class of 2017 3/30 6%
    * no class, transition to DPT

    Graduation Rates

    # per class
    Graduating Class of 2019 25/30 83%
    Graduating Class of 2018 26/30 87%
    Graduating Class of 2017 27/30 90%
    Graduating Class of 2016 29/30 97%
    Graduating Class of 2015 27/30 90%
    * no class, transition to DPT

    Employment Rates

    100% of graduates were employed within 6 months of passing licensure exam

    ** The program verifies employment with each graduate's employer within six months of graduation.

    Employed in Mississippi Delta

    # per class
    Graduating Class of 2019 17/25 68%
    Graduating Class of 2018 16/24 67%
    Graduating Class of 2017 23/27 85%
    Graduating Class of 2016 25/29 86%
    Graduating Class of 2015 20/28 71%
    Graduating Class of 2014 28/30 93%
    * no class, transition to DPT

    First Time pass rate

    # per class
    Graduating Class of 2019 23/25 92%
    Graduating Class of 2018 24/26 92.3%
    Graduating Class of 2017 27/27 100%
    Graduating Class of 2016 25/30 83.3%

    Ultimate pass rate

    # per class
    Graduating Class of 2019 25/25 100%
    Graduating Class of 2018 25/26 96.2%
    Graduating Class of 2017 27/27 100%
    Graduating Class of 2016 30/30 100%
    Graduating Class of 2015 27/27 100%


    Mean Age
    Graduating Class of 2022 14/16

    25 Caucasian

    3 African American

    1 Hispanic

    1 Asian

    Graduating Class of 2021 17/15

    28 Caucasian

    3 African American

    1 Hispanic

    Graduating Class of 2020 17/13

    27 Caucasian

    2 African American

    1 Hispanic

    Graduating Class of 2019 17/13

    28 Caucasian
    1 African American
    1 Asian

    Graduating Class of 2018 18/12

    25 Caucasian
    3 African American
    2 Asian 


Accredited by CAPTE

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Arkansas State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call Shawn Drake 870-972-2667 or email: sdrake@astate.edu

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