Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences will admit one new cohort of DPT students each June.  We anticipate a class size of 35 students.

Important Deadlines

PTCAS opens: July 5, 2018

Early Decision deadline: August 15, 2018

Application deadline: December 3, 2018

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Application Checklist

      College Transcripts:  A bachelor’s degree is required prior to enrollment. Your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution must be sent to Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).  If you are still taking prerequisite courses during the application cycle, please indicate these planned course in your PTCAS application. Please note, however, that you will not be able to enroll in our program until your official transcript has been received verifying completion of these courses, that you have received a “C” or better, and that you still meet the minimum GPA required.

      Application:  Applications will be accepted online through PTCAS.


Early Decision Deadline:  August 15, 2018

The early decision program is a binding option for applicants who have decided that MDCHS is their first choice, and will enroll if accepted.

The early decision application deadline is August 15, 2018. In addition to completing the PTCAS application, applicants must arrange for PTCAS to receive all of official transcripts and fees, as well as pay the MDCHS supplemental application fee, by August 15. Early decision candidates must take the GRE and request scores no later than July 30.

Applicants may be offered early admission, denied admission, or deferred to regular applicant status.

Admission decisions on early decision applicants will be made by September 25, 2018.

More information about this program can be found in the PTCAS Application Instructions.

      Application Fee:  In order to process your application, you will need to submit a non-refundable supplemental fee of $45.

      GRE: You will need to request that your most current Graduate Education Examinations (GRE) score be sent to PTCAS. GRE must have been taken within five years of application to our program. The PTCAS GRE Code for Mary Baldwin University is 3866. There is no minimum GRE score needed to apply.

      Prerequisite Courses:

Required Courses
Credit Hours
Human or Vertebrate Anatomy* 4* Lab recommended
Human or Vertebrate Physiology* 4* Lab recommended
Biology 3 At least one course; Upper level biology such as cell biology or histology are recommended, but not required.
Chemistry 8 Must include labs
Physics 8 General physics, must include labs
Psychology 6 1 intro and 1 upper or 2 upper level psychology courses; Abnormal and developmental psychology are preferred.
Statistics 3 Can be from biology, mathematics, psychology, or business; NOTE: if a psychology course is used to meet this requirement it cannot also be used for the psychology requirement.

*Can be combined A/P for 8 credits.

Prerequisite coursework may be completed during the admission cycle. Please add planned courses in PTCAS transcript section. Coursework must be completed by May.

❑      GPA:  A minimum of 3.0 overall GPA required. We expect that most accepted students will surpass this minimum. In addition, all prerequisite courses must reflect a “C” or better.

❑      References:  Two references are required. At least one reference must be from a physical therapist. The online application will provide a form for you to send to your references.

❑      PT Observation Hours:  40 hours are required in at least two different settings, such as hospital inpatient, outpatient, pediatrics, long-term care, etc.  Instructions on how to provide this information can be found on the online application form.

❑      Essay:  The PTCAS application form will require a brief personal essay.

❑      Interview:  The Admissions Committee will send invitations to selected candidates to interview. Not all applicants will be invited to interview.  An interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Before registering for classes, students must provide:

  • Criminal background checks (federal requirement for all persons working with vulnerable populations) at student expense.
  • Signed Technical Standards document
  • Written verification of immunizations at student expense.
  • Written verification of health insurance at student expense.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification from the American Heart Association at student expense.


After classes start, and in preparation for clinical placements, students must also provide:

  • Any additional requirements as stated by specific health care agencies (such as drug screening, background check, etc.) at student expense.