Admissions Requirements and Checklist

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1. Preparation

  • B.A./B.S. or M.A./M.S. degree in Physical Therapy from a CAPTE accredited college or university
  • Current unrestricted license to practice physical therapy in the United States
  • Employed at least one year, full time equivalent (2,080 hours) as a licensed physical therapist in the United States.

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.


2. Application

Transcripts required: B.A./B.S. transcript showing degree conferred, any post-baccalaureate transcript, and any transcript with prerequisite coursework.

Request official transcripts for receipt on or before the application deadline.

Must be in the original sealed envelope from the school, or from a certified electronic official transcript provider such as DocufideScrip Safe or National Clearinghouse.

Email to

Mail to:
The College of St. Scholastica 
Office of Graduate and Extended Studies Admissions
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN  55811

Please order early — transcripts can take up to 4-6 weeks to arrive.

  1. Complete the Online Application. You will need to use an updated browser, preferably Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (please do not use Internet Explorer).
  2. Upload the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy essay as part of the online application

    The tDPT essay serves two purposes: First to inform us of your ability to write at the graduate level and second to inform us of your potential fit with our program. The essay needs to reflect the applicant's ability to write at the graduate level, which is a critical component of our program. 

    Prepare a 500-word essay, typed and double-spaced, answering the following:
    • What are your reasons for pursuing a Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree?
    • How will seeking a Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree enhance your professional career?
    • How will completing the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree affect your practice and delivery of healthcare?
    • Why did you choose The College of St. Scholastica for your studies?
  3. In the online application, enter contact information for two health care professionals (include one recommendation from a PT professional) who have observed your work. These individuals will receive an email request to complete an online recommendation form, with an optional letter upload. The subject of the email will include "Please submit your recommendation for *First Name *Last Name". 
  4. Submit copy of license as part of the online application
  5. Upload Resume or Curriculum Vitae in the online application
  6. As part of the online application, upload letter of reference from supervisor, on official letterhead. This letter must confirm employment equivalent to one year, full time (2,080 hours) as a licensed physical therapist, and verify work history, present job description and suitability for doctoral work.
  7. Upon receipt of all application materials, the application packet will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and the admissions decision.

If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to complete the online program application and send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education — from grants, loans and scholarships to employer reimbursement and discounts. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process at (877) 287-8716 or


3. Post-Completion

After you are notified a decision has been made regarding your application, log into your application portal to accept or decline using the Decision Response form.

As a college student at St. Scholastica, you get to take the lead in your own education and assume responsibility for your success. Please use our accepted students information page to help you along the way, and remember, your advisors and instructors are here to guide and support you as you proceed through your journey toward a degree.

You may be eligible to receive transfer credits for coursework you’ve completed. See our Graduate Transfer Credit Policy for more information and complete a  Credit Transfer Application Form. This form can be completed and provided to your program advisor and/or program department contact.

Application Deadlines

Fall: Aug. 15
Spring: Dec. 15 
Summer: May 2

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Contact Us

Chad OppeltChad Oppelt
Admissions Counselor
(877) 287-8719