Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Adventist University of Health Sciences
United States
Doctoral Degree (PhD)
Study mode
3 years
September January
Tuition fee (local)
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Tuition fee (foreign)
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Entry Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Applicants who attended high school or college outside the United States will be required to submit a foreign credential evaluation for that coursework.

Additionally, applicants for the DPT program must meet all of the following admission requirements in order to be considered for admission:

  • Submit application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). The program does not accept applications through the ADU website.
  • Provide evidence of an earned bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a regionally accredited college or university by his or her start date in the program.
  • Present a minimum cumul ative, science, and prerequisite grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Higher GPA’s are more competitive within the applicant pool.
  • Must have completed the following prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university. It is recommended that these prerequisites be completed within the five years immediately prior to application to the program. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the program though 75% should be completed prior to application to the program. Grades of “C” or better are required in all prerequisite courses. Three quarters are considered equivalent to two semesters of course work.

English Language proficiency:

  • Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction in the United States; 
  • A minimum score of 570 on the paper-based TOEFL exam; 
  • A minimum score of 230 on the computer-based TOEFL exam; 
  • A minimum total score of 89 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam;
  • Composite of reading, listening, and writing: 63;
  • Speaking: 26.


  • Gross Anatomy
  • Professional Foundations I: Introduction to Physical Therapy
  • Interventions I: Patient Care Skills
  • Identity and Mission in Faith-Based Healthcare
  • Cultural, Ethical, and Psychosocial Aspects of Healthcare
  • Applied Human Physiology
  • Examination and Evaluation I
  • Clinical Kinesiology
  • Neuroscience I
  • Research I: Methods
  • Clinical Pathophysiology
  • Interventions II: Therapeutic Exercise
  • Examination and Evaluation II
  • Neuroscience II
  • Research II: Literature Review/Background and Significance
  • Pharmacology
  • Professional Foundations II: Communication
  • Interventions III: Biophysical Agents
  • Differential Diagnosis and Imaging
  • Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
  • Clinical Experience I
  • Musculoskeletal I
  • Neuromuscular I
  • Integumentary
  • Geriatrics
  • Integrated Clinical Cases I
  • Research III: Implementation and Interpretation
  • Musculoskeletal II
  • Neuromuscular II
  • Integrated Clinical Cases II
  • Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • Clinical Experience IIa
  • Clinical Experience IIb
  • Professional Foundations III: Management and Leadership
  • Pediatrics
  • Selected Topics
  • Identity and Mission Experience
  • Clinical Experience III
  • Research IV: Dissemination
  • Role Fidelity and the Exercise of Power

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