Office Hours for Prospective Students, Applicants & Newly Accepted Students

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program will be hosting virtual office hours for prospective students, applicants, and newly accepted students. During the sessions, Dr. Mark Bowden, program director,  Dr. Sandy Brotherton, admissions coordinator, and Susan Johnson, associate director of student services will be available to answer your questions. This is a great opportunity to connect with program faculty and ask individual questions about the program or your application. Registration is not required. Join via the Zoom links below on the date and time of the session or visit and enter the Meeting ID: 843 792 2930

Important Update April 2020: Impact of COVID-19 on Admissions

The DPT program at MUSC recognizes that this is a very stressful time, and there may be changes at your undergraduate institution over which you have no control. For example, some schools are assigning P/F grades and others are giving students the choice to accept P/F or to take a letter grade for prerequisite courses. We advise current and future applicants to take the letter grade if a choice is provided; however, we will accept a P/F grade if that is the only option. Currently, this applies to courses taken in Spring 2020, but we recognize this may need to be expanded in the future. We will also accept unofficial transcripts for incoming students starting in Summer 2020 as some universities may not be able to provide official transcripts before the Summer semester begins May 20. We hope to have all official transcripts by the end of Summer semester 2020.

Admissions Requirements

The minimum requirements include:

  1. Complete a Bachelor of Science or Arts degree from an accredited college or university by the time of matriculation. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for consideration. *Clemson University students who are on the Accelerated Pathway track must provide signed verification of Clemson general education requirements validated by the Clemson Registrar’s Office by the time of matriculation into MUSC.
  2. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores through PTCAS. Applicants should strive for GRE scores in the 60th percentile or above on each section.
  3. Completion of the recommended* 40 hours of experience directly related to physical therapy and submit documentation via PTCAS. Clinical observation in physical therapy either as a volunteer or paid employee should be with two different patient populations, ideally, with at least 10 observation hours with the second patient population.  
  4. Submit two references, one from a physical therapist who supervised you in the clinic and a second from a professor or advisor familiar with your academic ability and accomplishments or from an employer if you have been out of school for several years, through PTCAS.
  5. Complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of 2.0 or higher. Applicants must complete a minimum of 31 out of 39 prerequisite credit hours with no more than 8 outstanding credit hours in the science prerequisites at the time of application.
  6. Meet the minimum average prerequisite GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. This is a requirement for consideration for the regular cycle. 
  7. Meet the Minimum Skills/Eligibility Requirements (PDF) and accepted students must sign a form indicating that the minimum skills are met upon arrival to campus.

*We acknowledge that applicants may not be able to complete 40 hours of observation and observe in two settings in light of the coronavirus and its impact on clinical facilities and assure applicants this will not negatively impact admissions decisions.

To review full applicant requirements, visit the MUSC Admissions website.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete an application through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) and a complete a separate MUSC supplemental application.

Full details on the application process and timeline can be found on the MUSC Admissions website