Physical Therapy

Icon: A person stretching while sitting on an exercise ballVCU’s Doctorate of Physical Program prepares students for entry into the physical therapy profession by teaching them to evaluate and manage patients with physical problems effectively and in accordance with ethical principles. The Guaranteed Admission Program for Physical Therapy offers a unique seven-year program (four years of undergraduate studies, three years of professional school). Students who are accepted into the program and successfully complete the program requirements during the four years of undergraduate study will not compete via general admission for the VCU DPT Program.

Only current high school students are eligible to apply for the Guaranteed Admission Program for Physical Therapy. Students interested in applying to the Guaranteed Admission Program for Physical Therapy should review the application and admissions process details. Students wishing to complete their baccalaureate degrees in fewer than four years will not achieve earlier guaranteed admission into the DPT Program.

Honors College pre-physical therapy students who do not enter the Guaranteed Admission Program for Physical Therapy from high school may elect to follow the Preferred Applicant Track, which offers the opportunity to apply to the Guaranteed Admission Program for Physical Therapy at the end of your sophomore year. Upon successful completion of the Guaranteed Admission Program, students will be eligible to enter the College of Health Professions DPT Program without further competition.

The Honors College is hosting online information sessions that include content about our Guaranteed Admission Programs. For more information and to sign up for a session, please see our Visit Us page. Additionally, for information about the University as a whole, the Office of Admissions is hosting Virtual Chat and Information Sessions; visit the Office of Admissions website to learn more.

Application & Admissions Process Details

Physical Therapy Requirements

Physical Therapy Preferred Applicant Track