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Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT

About the Program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Georgia Southern University is a full-time, nine-semester program that is comprised of academic coursework and three full-time clinical affiliations (with a minimum of 31 weeks of full-time clinical practice), in addition to other smaller clinical experiences. Upon completion of the program, all students are awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. All program graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for state licensure in all jurisdictions.  Admission is limited to 36 students per class.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is offered at the Armstrong Campus in Savannah.

Program Contact Information

Admissions Contact
Elizabeth Varner

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Admission Requirements

This program participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application System (PTCAS). To learn more about the PTCAS application process and apply online, please visit the PTCAS website, Applicants do not complete the Georgia Southern University Graduate Studies application.

Applicants must review Georgia Southern University’s program prerequisites and application requirements and directions on the PTCAS program page. The requirements are also available on the GSU DPT Program page.


The following documents are required to apply for admission to the DPT program:

  1. Complete Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application
  2. Official transcripts from every college and university attended
  3. Official Graduate Record Examination score reports sent to School Code 7813. GRE scores sent to any other code, including 5253 (the general Georgia Southern University Code), will not be added to your application.
  4. Three reference forms, one of which must be completed by a physical therapist who has observed and supervised the applicant in a clinical setting.
  5. Documentation of physical therapy observation hours
  6. PTCAS application fee

ALL application documents will be collected by PTCAS.

*International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) through the PTCAS application. Select the WES ‘course by course’ option with grades. Please check the PTCAS website for specific instructions about transcripts.


Program applications for the 2019-20 admissions cycle will be available on PTCAS ( in early July 2019. The Georgia Southern University Graduate Studies application is not used. Applicants admitted during this cycle will begin the program in May 2020.

Georgia Southern University DPT program accepts and reviews both Early Decision and Regular Decision applications. The PTCAS application and required documentation must be submitted by the deadlines below. All application deadlines are firm. If your application is not submitted by the deadline, it cannot be considered for admission.

Application Deadlines (tentative until finalized by PTCAS):

Early Decision Application Deadline: August 15, 2019
GRE Deadline for Early Decision: July 30, 2019
Last CASPer test date for Early Decision: August 20, 2019

*Important Note: Your application must be submitted and complete in PTCAS by August 15, 2019. An application status of Complete means that your application has been submitted, PTCAS has received all of your official transcripts, and your GRE scores have been received by school code 7813. Early Decision applications that are not Complete in PTCAS by August 15 will be moved automatically to Regular Decision.

Regular Decision Application Deadline: October 1, 2019
GRE Deadline for Regular Decision: September 20, 2019
Last CASPer test date for Regular Decision: October 23, 2019

Last updated: 5/14/2020