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1. Preparation

The PT program uses the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). To learn more about the application process and schedule, visit the PTCAS website. You'll find information specific to our program listed on the directory page for our program.

All St. Scholastica students who apply to the physical therapy program will be given priority review. Priority review means that applicants who have earned a degree (or will earn a degree prior to starting the PT Program) from St. Scholastica, and have met all program eligibility requirements, will be considered for possible admission prior to applicants with degrees from other colleges or universities. Please note that priority review does not guarantee admission.

The College of St. Scholastica Department of Physical Therapy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or unfavorable discharge from military service. Inquiries or complaints related to discrimination should be brought to the attention of the Vice President for Human Resources.

  1. B.A./B.S. degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Cumulative OR most recent 64 credit GPA of 3.0. The College will consider whichever is higher: cumulative GPA or most recent 64 credit GPA, as calculated by PTCAS.
  3. Prerequisite GPA of 3.0. The prerequisite GPA is calculated separately using the highest grade received in required prerequisite courses.
  4. Observation hours: While no specific number of observation hours is required, applicants are expected to have researched the profession sufficiently to demonstrate that they are making a career choice based on a sound understanding of the role of the PT. Verified observations must be completed post-high school and entered into PTCAS.
  5. GRE:  exam must be taken within the 5 years preceding application with scores forwarded by ETS directly to PTCAS (code 7707).

    Preferred GRE scores: analytical writing 4.0; quantitative 148; verbal 150.

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission. Exceptions to minimum criteria may be made at the discretion of the admissions committee.

The College of St. Scholastica's Department of Physical Therapy will not accept more than three applications from any individual during the course of his or her academic career.

Applicants are advised to review PTCAS application instructions/information related to The College of St. Scholastica to ensure they meet the current admissions requirements. Admissions information is updated annually via PTCAS.

All prerequisite course work must be completed with GPA of 3.0 or above; individual course grades must be a C or better:

  • 1 full year (sequence) of Chemistry with lab
  • 1 full year (sequence) of Physics with lab
  • 1 full year (sequence) of Human or Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology with lab
  • Statistics 
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology 
  • Abnormal Psychology 
  • Medical Terminology 
  • Courses in kinesiology, research methods, and pathophysiology are recommended

NOTE: Some prerequisite coursework may be in progress or planned at the time of application. All required coursework must be completed (with a grade of C or above) prior to matriculation in the PT program. Any prerequisite course taken for credit (pass/fail, credit/no credit, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, etc.) between spring 2020-summer 2021 will be accepted; however, it will not count toward the prerequisite GPA. We strongly encourage grades if there is an option between grades and pass/fail.

Applicants must report every college course attempted in the Coursework section of the PTCAS application, including those courses later repeated for a higher grade. PTCAS GPAs include ALL courses completed with grades/credits, even if they were later repeated for a higher grade. Science prerequisites must be complete within 7 years prior to application.

Prerequisite courses for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program are based on the Standard Prerequisite Courses for Admission in Entry-level Physical Therapist Education approved by the Academic Council of the American Physical Therapy Association in October 2012. Because prerequisite courses establish the framework for the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, all prerequisite courses must be completed at an institution of higher learning. Advanced placement courses taken in high school will not be accepted as meeting the prerequisite requirements for application to the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.

Due to the high volume of interest in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program at The College of St. Scholastica, the Office of Graduate Admissions does not review unofficial transcripts to determine the completion of prerequisite coursework. In most cases, course titles match. If you have specific questions about a particular course, please reference our transfer credit center to determine if the course meets the stated requirement. 

Any student may request a waiver of admission requirements through a written request to the Graduate Admissions Office. These requests must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office by Sept. 15 to allow ample time for review prior to the Oct. 1 application deadline. The Department Chair may determine prerequisite course equivalencies and grant waivers for time limitations without full Admission Committee involvement. Other waiver requests may require a committee vote. Waiver of GPA and course grade minimum requirements will not be considered. The Department Chair notifies the applicant and the Graduate Admissions Counselor of waiver decisions in writing.

Technical Standards for Admission and Progression

Success in the Physical Therapy program is dependent on a number of functions deemed essential for the practice of Physical Therapy. Applicants must meet these essential functions and students must continue to demonstrate compliance with these essential functions throughout the program. Students needing reasonable accommodations to meet these essential functions should notify the chair of their request.

Essential Functions

Critical thinking, problems-solving capabilities, sound judgment, emotional stability and maturity, and ability to learn and function in a variety of didactic and clinical settings to be able to:

Develop, monitor and manage individual patient/client plan of care.
Perform and interpret physical examinations.
Perform Physical Therapy procedures.
Communicate effectively in oral and written formats.
Direct and supervise support personnel.
Maintain professional demeanor.
Demonstrate problem solving, critical thinking and sound judgment.
Learn in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings.
Demonstrate empathy, integrity, flexibility, responsibility and effective stress management.

Physical Critical Demands

Based on eight-hour work day:
Occasional = 0-33 percent.
Firm grip strength, Sit, Push/pull, Kneel, Lift up to 50 pounds.
Frequent = 34-66 percent.
Stand, Walk, Reach, Stoop/squat, Carry.
Continuous = 67-100 percent.
Gross hand coordination, Fine hand coordination, Work with therapeutic and adaptive devices, Vision-corrected or non corrected.


Read English
Speak English
Write legibly in English


2. Application

Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended or where credit was earned must be sent to PTCAS. Instructions are indicated on the PTCAS application

  1. Submit a PTCAS application. Interviews are not conducted, but each applicant is invited to arrange a campus tour, if desired.
  2. In the PTCAS application, enter contact information for two people to submit recommendation information/letters on your behalf. Acceptable options are indicated on the CSS PTCAS directory page.
  3. Upon receipt of all application materials, the application packet will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and an admissions decision.   

Please see our International Admissions page for information on additional documentation that may be required.

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process at (877) 287-8716 or


3. Post-Completion

  • After you are emailed a decision regarding your application, please inform us of your decision (accept or decline the offer, if one is made) via the Intent to Enroll form linked in the email.
  • Submit $500 nonrefundable deposit.
  • Submit Student Health Services forms, including the immunization form, through the COR student portal/My Health/Forms.

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.

Lab Fees

Students are charged course fees for any course with a laboratory component. Lab fees vary by course. Estimated total cost of fees and textbooks for the entire program is $2,400.

Internship expenses

Expenses associated with internships are the responsibility of the student. Travel and housing while on internship is arranged by the student in consultation with the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.

College of St. Scholastica is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted from July 1 to Oct. 1., for the following June enrollment via PTCAS.

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