Preferred Applicant Track for Physical Therapy 

The Preferred Applicant Track for Physical Therapy offers Honors pre-physical therapy students an opportunity to apply to the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program for Physical Therapy at the end of your sophomore year at VCU. Upon successful completion of the Guaranteed Admission Program, students will be eligible to enter the School of Allied Health, Department of Physical Therapy with the DPT without further competition.

Who is eligible?

All Honors College pre-physical therapy students entering VCU as freshmen are eligible for the Preferred Applicant Track. Students who are not admitted to the Honors College prior to entering VCU must meet the requirements for admission to the Honors College and be accepted prior to the end of the second year of undergraduate studies.

Are transfer students eligible?

Yes. Transfer students must be enrolled in the VCU Honors College by the time of application (end of the second year of undergraduate studies).

What do I need to do to apply?

An application for admission to the Honors College Guaranteed Admission Program for Physical Therapy will be available from the Honors College during the spring semester of your sophomore year. This application, along with at least two letters of recommendation (one of which must come from a practicing physical therapist), must be submitted to the Honors College by the deadline date.  When you fill out your application, you will list your references and their email addresses. Once you submit your application, each reference will automatically receive an email from the Honors College with steps on how to upload their letter to your application. All reference letters are to be submitted online by 4:30 p.m. EDT, Monday, May 7, 2018.

In order to apply, a student must be in good standing in the Honors College with a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and have completed, or be enrolled in, the following courses: HONR 250/UNIV 112 and HONR 200/ENGL 200, MATH 151/MATH 200, CHEM 101-102 and labs, BIOL 151-152 and labs and PHYS 201. Courses must be completed at VCU during either the fall or spring semesters or by AP/IB/dual-enrollment credit in high school. Any exception to this requires the written approval of the director of the Guaranteed Admission Programs.

Candidates who have received any institutional sanction, such as an honor code violation, or any legal convictions are not eligible to apply.

Applications and all supporting materials must be received in the Honors College office by Monday, May 7, 2018. If your file is not complete by close of business (4:30 p.m. EDT) on this date, you will not be considered by the selection committee. There are no exceptions to this deadline; it is your responsibility to make certain that materials are received by the stated deadline date. Apply early and check with our office in advance of the deadline to make sure all required information is in your file.

What must I do if I get an offer?

Students accepted into the Preferred Applicant Track for Physical Therapy must successfully complete the requirements of the Guaranteed Admission Program for Physical Therapy.

What if I don't get an offer?

You will still have the benefit of an excellent pre-PT education. Further, all applicants who are not offered admission in this process will be given an opportunity to receive feedback from the director of the Guaranteed Admission Program.

Can I go to occupational therapy school a year early?

The Preferred Applicant Track is a seven-year program — four years of undergraduate study and nine semesters (3 years) of study at the Department of Physical Therapy. If you wish to apply for an earlier date of admission, you must go through the standard admission process.

What about SAT scores?

No minimum SAT score is required for this track. However, you should be aware that you will be expected to achieve well academically in a challenging curriculum. We are aware that SAT scores alone will not guarantee academic success. Therefore, for this program we are choosing to focus on your demonstrated achievement, as opposed to your test scores.

What do I have to major in?

Students are free to choose any of the undergraduate majors offered by VCU. All can accommodate the prerequisite coursework for PT school and offer excellent pre-PT preparation, although very structured majors may require summer school to complete the prerequisites. Your four years as an undergraduate should be a time of wonderful challenge, exciting discovery and the joy of learning — all experiences that are best achieved if you choose a major you are passionate about. Your Honors College advisor will work closely with you to help you accomplish your learning goals.

Whom do I contact for more information?

Contact Assistant Dean Carrie G. Connolly, Ed.D., at (804) 828-1803 or