Admission Requirements for SHU Undergraduates

PT Students with BallGraduate Admission

For current Sacred Heart University students 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. Pre-requisite 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 February for the incoming Fall class. Acceptance notification will be made by March 1st. Each professional class will be comprised of approximately 65 students.

SHU Juniors doing the 3+3 option or SHU Seniors doing the 4+3 option who were pre-accepted in high school need to have their graduate applications submitted by September 15th for Fall review. Pre-requisite and overall GPAs will be calculated based on course work completed prior to September 15th and used to make interview decisions:

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 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.

  • 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.

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

Early Decision for Entering College Freshmen

For students applying to Sacred Heart University for freshman entry with a declared interest in the physical therapy graduate program.

Early Program Decision requirements for entering freshmen include:
High school GPA of 3.3 or higher in their academic courses (Math, Science, History, English, and Language)

  • SAT scores of 1150 or better
  • 3.3 or better GPA
  • Successful completion of four years of Science including Physics

Entering freshmen that meet the Early Program Decision Option criteria and are accepted for this option will have a spot in the graduate physical therapy program reserved contingent upon:

  • Overall College GPA of at least a 3.2 at the point of graduate application admission review.
  • Successful completion of program prerequisite courses with a prerequisite GPA of 3.2 or higher, with no individual prerequisite grade lower than a C, at the point of graduate application admission review.
  • Successful interview with the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee beginning of your junior year for 3+3 or senior year for 4+3 candidates (Students who meet the overall and prerequisite GPA requirements listed above will be invited to interview).
  • As of Fall 2015, repeated courses will not be used to calculate prerequisite and overall GPA
  • As of Fall 2015, all science pre-requisite courses must be taken at a 4-year regionally accredited institution. These courses include:
    • Biology I and II (lecture and lab)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (lecture and lab)
    • Chemistry I and II (lecture and lab)
    • Physics I and II (lecture and lab)

Notification of conditional acceptance to the Early Decision Freshman option generally follows acceptance to Sacred Heart University, with the timing of notification dependent on the time of application and acceptance.