Admission Process

Internal Applicants | External Applicants

The Admission Requirements are the same for both SHU undergraduates and external applicants. However, the application process differs for each. Detailed instructions for both internal and external applicants are listed below. Refer to DPT Prerequisite page for additional information regarding admission requirements. 

PT Students with BallAdmission Process for SHU Undergraduates

For current Sacred Heart University students (provisionally and non-provisionally admitted to the DPT program from high school) applying during their Junior (3+3) or Senior (4+3) year of undergraduate study.

The completed graduate application deadline is September 15th for the incoming Fall class. Prerequisite and overall GPAs will be calculated based on course work completed prior to September 15th and used to make interview decisions. It takes at least a month to process applications, so please apply early as it does take some time for you to collect your supporting application materials (including summer course transcripts).

Academically qualified applicants will be invited to interview on specified dates between November and December for the incoming Fall class. Acceptance notification will be made by March 1st. Each professional class will be comprised of approximately 68 students.

An applicant for admission to the graduate physical therapy program must submit:

  • The SHU Physical Therapy graduate application
    External Non-Sacred Heart University Physical Therapy applicants, go to https://portal.ptcas.org/ to apply

  • Two letters of recommendation: One from a past employer or volunteer supervisor and one from an academic source

  • Observation Form
    Documentation of a minimum of 2 different observation experiences (either volunteer or paid) in different physical therapy practice settings (e.g., hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation agency, outpatient department, private practice, etc.). Form is to be completed by the applicant and verified by the Physical Therapist supervising the experience.

  • Official transcripts of all previous college or university work
    Official transcripts from any previous institutions attended must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions (even if they have already been submitted to the University Registrar for transfer credit). Sacred Heart University students and alumni of SHU may authorize the Office of Graduate Admissions to obtain their official SHU transcripts on their behalf.

  • Official GRE score report

  • Two required essay questions:
    Please respond to both questions: The writing sample noted in number 2 must be your own work and each essay response should be a page in length. Once you submit your application, you will be emailed a link to an applicant portal where you can upload your responses.
    • Briefly describe the types of experiences you have had in physical therapy and/or health care thus far. Please include some indication of how extensive (comprehensive) each exposure was and how it contributed to your decision to pursue physical therapy.
    • Please identify a project you completed that you believe required the most independent learning on your part. The project does not have to be something you did as part of schooling. Briefly describe what the project involved. Identify why you considered the experience to have been “independent” learning. Identify whether you consider the experience to have been successful, including why. Identify one way in which you would change the experience if you had it to do again that would make it a better or more positive learning experience.

Admission Process for External Applicants

Completed PTCAS applications must be submitted, received, completed and verified by PTCAS by December 15.

Please apply early as it does take some time for you to collect your supporting application materials and for PTCAS to verify your application. Academically qualified applicants will be invited to campus for an interview. Interviews are by appointment on specified dates in January and February for the incoming Fall class. Acceptance notification will be made by March 1. Each professional class will be comprised of approximately 68 students.

An applicant for admission to the graduate physical therapy program must submit:

  • External Non-Sacred Heart University Physical Therapy applicants, please go to https://portal.ptcas.org/ to apply

  • Prerequisite worksheet (can be completed online through PTCAS)

  • Two letters of recommendation (one from a past employer, one from an academic source) 

  • Two required essay questions
  • Official transcripts of all previous college or university work

  • Official GRE score report. When applying through PTCAS, please indicate code 7001 to have your GREs sent to Liaison International. GREs are required for candidates applying for Fall 2019 entry and beyond.

Arrange for your PTCAS materials to be sent to:

PTCAS
PO Box 9112
Watertown, MA 02471
ptcasinfo@ptcas.org
Tel: 617-612-2040

Once you e-submit your completed PTCAS application, login frequently to check on the status of your materials.

Overnight documents only (e.g., FedEx), should be sent to:

PTCAS
c/o Liaison International
311 Arsenal Street, Suite 15
Watertown, MA 02472

PTCAS will not receive your express package if the suite number is missing from the address, or if it arrives on a weekend or Federal holiday. Express delivery does not guarantee delivery or expedite the processing of your application file.