What is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree?
A DPT is a professional clinical doctorate degree that prepares an individual with advanced assessment, treatment and research skills in the field of physical therapy. Graduation with this degree, from an accredited college or university, allows the student to be able to sit for the National Physical Therapy Licensure Exam. Passing the state licensure exam allows a graduate to practice physical therapy within that state.
When can an application be submitted?
Generally, we begin to receive applications from early July through March of the following year. We receive these applications from the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). For more information about PTCAS and our specific deadlines, visit our Application Requirements page.
What are the application requirements?
Please visit our Application Requirements page.
Are foreign transcripts accepted?
Yes. All foreign transcripts must undergo a course by course evaluation by an accepted international credential evaluation agency to establish US academic equivalency. To view the list of accepted evaluation agencies download the credential evaluator’s list.
Who is required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?
Any student who comes from a country where English is not the native language is required to provide proof of English proficiency via the TOEFL. This applies to students who are now citizens or permanent residents of the US. Any student who has received a degree from an accredited US school or an accredited school in a country where English is the native language (ex. England) the TOEFL is waived. Please note undergraduate students interested in scholarships must take the TEOFL or the SAT/ACT.
When should the application course prerequisites be completed by?
We encourage all students to complete their prerequisite course work by the spring semester prior to the program start date. All application coursework must be completed before the start date of the program which begins in early July.
Does an applicant need to complete a CPR and/or First Aid certification for application?
No. We do not require this for the application. However, students are required to obtain prior to clinical practice.
Are in-state applicants preferable to out-of-state applicants?
No. The location where the applicant resides does not affect how we review the application.
What are the factors that are reviewed for admission?
We review the whole applicant in general. Some of our major academic admissions factors are the GRE scores, undergraduate GPA and science/ math GPA. Those who meet our requirements are encouraged to apply. We invite for interview those who are deemed most competitive from the qualifying applicant group.
How can I improve my chances to be accepted into the program?
The chance of acceptance really weighs on the competitiveness of the entire applicant pool. Therefore, it is difficult to predict or have foreknowledge of how one applicant compares to another within a rolling application cycle. We do advise applicants to do a self-assessment against the application requirements and look at what is changeable to make their application most competitive against our minimal requirements.
When can I expect to hear back about a decision on my application?
An applicant can expect to hear back about an application decision anytime between the application submission time through the month of April within the same application year. Please note that PTCAS may take up to 5 weeks to process an application after electronic submission (time yourself accordingly). Because we have a rolling application process, we are in constant review of all applicants at different times up through our March deadline. Thank you in advance for your patience!
Are there any scholarships available?
Yes! Please read more about our Physical Therapy Scholar’s Award.
Find out about our University awards and Graduate Assistantships.
Program Specific FAQs
What is the average number of students in a class?
The average size of our class is 43.
Do students take the same classes together?
Yes. Students in the same class year take all the classes together throughout the three years.
What is the class schedule like?
Our class schedule varies from year to year. In general, classes run from 4-5 days per week and may be full day or part of the day. There are no weekend classes!
Do students have access to the facilities on the weekends?
The LIU DPT program strongly believes that part of a student's success lies in the provision and access to the right environments for learning. Therefore, we coordinate to have facilities available for our students on weekends, per request, for their learning needs.
Is the cadaver lab available for use outside of class time?
Yes. Students may coordinate to have access to the cadaver lab outside of class time.
How many clinical practice sites are affiliated with the LIU DPT program?
We affiliate with over 300 clinical practice sites. We provide a variety of experiences in different clinical settings that range from metropolitan to rural areas located in New York State and across the U.S.
Is it difficulty commuting to LIU?
Not difficult at all. Most “New Yorkers” frequent the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) system for their general transportation needs. At LIU-Brooklyn Campus, we are one stop from Manhattan on the express train with access to many subway lines whose stations are located right across the street or a few blocks away. The Long Island Rail Road at the MTA’s Atlantic Terminal is close enough to help you travel to areas of local New York including Long Island.
Is there on campus/ off campus housing?
Yes, however it is based on a first come first serve basis. Each applicant would have to contact the department of Residence Life and Housing.
Interested to visit our campus?
Visit LIU Brooklyn's webpage for information on visiting our campus.