School of Health Sciences

Pre-requisite Courses and Admissions Requirements

The CSU DPT Program will be accepting applications July through February 15th annually for the class starting the following January through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) Click here to link directly to PTCAS.


It is strongly recommended that all potential applicants schedule an advising appointment.


These advising sessions can be completed in person or by phone.We can also be reached at or 216.523.7479


All students applying for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program will:

  • Attain the minimum of a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in any subject area. Attain a minimum overall Grade Point Average of 3.0.
  • Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE general exam) – Probable GRE cut-off point for admission to DPT Program: combined minimum score on the GRE of 950 (see FAQs -ADMISSIONS for more information about the use of GRE scores in the admissions process).
  • Demonstrate language proficiency for non-native English speaking applicants. The TOEFL or Michigan test is required. Applicants must have a TOEFL score of 550 or a Michigan test score of 85 to be eligible.
  • A total of 13 pre-requisite courses are required to be completed before beginning the DPT Program. At least 7 of 13 pre-req courses must be completed by the Feb 15 application deadline.
  • Complete or have a plan to complete all prerequisite coursework listed below before beginning the PT Program:

The following 5 pre-req courses must be completed with a B grade or better within 3 years of entering the DPT Program:

  1. *Statistics/research design (Must be upper division - undergraduate junior or senior level, i.e., 300 or 400 level or graduate level course; At CSU: PSY 311 or MTH 347 required at undergraduate level)
  2. *Vertebrate, Human or Mammalian Physiology (Must be upper division - undergraduate junior or senior level, i.e., 300 or 400 level course; At CSU: BIO 422/423 or HSC 422)
  3. *Human Gross Anatomy with cadaver laboratory (Must be upper division; At CSU: HSC 457/475)
  4. *Neuroscience with laboratory (Must be upper division; At CSU: HSC 476/478)
  5. *General Pathology (Must be upper division- undergraduate or senior level; At CSU: HSC 381)

Complete the following pre-req coures with no more than 2 C's within 6 years of entering the DPT Program:

  1. Physics: two-course sequence with laboratories (At CSU:PHY 221/222 or PHY 231/232 or PHY 241/242)
  2. Chemistry: two-course sequence with laboratories (At CSU: CHM 251/256 + 252/257)
  3. Cell or General Biology with laboratory (Cell bio preferred; Must include cell/molecular biology component if General Bio; At CSU: BIO 200/201)
  4. Psychology: one course
  5. Social/behavioral sciences: two courses (Two courses in addition to one required psychology course; Can be psychology, sociology, anthropology, or an appropriate course in another dept. such as “Culture & Health” in Health Sciences Dept.)

In general, there is a 6-year limit on the age of prerequisite course work for acceptance by the PT program. However, * courses must be completed within three years of entering the PT Program. In addition, we highly recommend taking human gross anatomy within one year of starting the DPT Program.

Admissions Procedure and Deadlines 2013-2014 (for cohort class beginning in January 2015)

Cleveland State University has no rolling or early admissions process; Admissions are processed on a competitive basis according to the following:

  • Admission deadline (complete applications due by February 17, 2014, with decisions by May 1, 2014). At this point in time admissions status options are: accepted, rejected, or placed on a waiting list.
  • Applicants will be contacted by e-mail regarding any questions about applications during the admissions process. Please be sure that PT Admissions has your current e-mail address.