Program Description


The Entry-level DPT program is for individuals with no previous degree in Physical Therapy or who have an Associate degree in the field of Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA). A Bachelor degree in any field, earned from a accredited university/college, is required. The DPT program is 3 years in length; always beginning in June.  A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. However, to be competitive, over the past few years the applicant has needed a 3.5 GPA or higher.

In calculating the prerequisite GPA, we count science prerequisites, all non-science prerequisites, two humanities courses, one social science, and the freshman/English composition sequence. If you do not have an additional social science course, we will then count three humanities courses. For any course repeated, the most recent grade will be used. We have a two attempt rule which states if an applicant repeats a course more than two times, we will count the grade received on the second attempt.

At the time of application:

  1. The Anatomy and Physiology sequence must be completed
  2. No more than three science prerequisites can be outstanding
  3. Science prerequisites can be no older than ten years
  4. Forty observation hours must be completed prior to receiving an interview

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Program Length

3 years

Possible Careers

Within the profession there are many specialties including orthopaedics, neurology, pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiopulmonary, hand rehabilitation, and sports physical therapy. Physical therapists work in acute-care and convalescent hospitals, rehabilitation centers, children's centers, private practice, athletic training and sports medicine programs, research institutions, school systems, and home-care agencies.

Application Deadlines

All applications must be submitted through The priority deadline is October 1st with a final deadline of December 1st. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline. The Departments uses the date applicants e-submit their PTCAS application to see if they have meet our deadlines. For example, if you e-submit your PTCAS application on August 25th, you have met our priority deadline. Once applicants have e-submitted their application and PTCAS has received all transcripts, PTCAS will verify the application. This can take several weeks to verify. After the application has been verified, PTCAS will send the application to LLU. Once we have received it, an email containing a link for the secondary application, will be sent to you. It can take up to a week, after LLU has received your application, before you will receive the secondary application email.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have:
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Students need to have an earned bachelor's degree prior to acceptance. Specific course requirements apply.
  • International students must provide a TOEFL exam score.
  • Note: “C minus” grades are not accepted for credit!
  • When retaking classes, the DPT Department will accept up to two attempts. If a student takes a class three or more times, the Department will count the grade earned on the second attempt.


Natural Sciences

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab, complete sequence
  • General Chemistry with lab, complete sequence
  • General Physics with lab, complete sequence
  • Two additional Biological Science course
  • Statistics
  • Medical Terminology
Social Sciences
  • General Psychology
  • Human Growth & Development/Developmental Psychology of the Lifespan


  • One course in oral communication skills

Observation experience:  80 observation/work hours are required – 20 hours must be in an inpatient setting and 20 hours must be in an outpatient setting.  The remaining 40 hours can be in any setting.

No Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) required

Discipline Accrediting Agency

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association, 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; telephone (703) 706-3245.
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Expected Cost of Attendance

The following estimated cost of attendance is based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. Estimated amounts may vary based on a number of factors. Students may use these estimates when applying for financial aid.

Required Program Costs

Academic Year 2024-2025

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Tuition & Fees $50,992 $45,879 $18,831
Books, Materials, Supplies & Equipment Allowance
(May or may not be purchased through the school)
$625 $365 0

Other Educational Costs

Non-required costs that can be funded with scholarships/loans.

Year of Program
Months Enrolled
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Living Expense (Food & Housing Allowance)
Students will be assigned one of the following Living Expense Budget Options:
  • On Campus Dorm
  • $15,780 $15,780 $15,780
  • LLU Owned Rental Property
  • $25,200 $25,200 $25,200
  • LLU Owned Rental w/ Dependents
  • $26,400 $26,400 $26,400
  • Undergraduate Dependent w/ Parents
  • $9,600 $9,600 $9,600
  • Off Campus
  • $25,200 $25,200 $25,200
    Transportation Allowance $4,200 $3,763 $3,850
    Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $4,200 $3,763 $3,850
    Federal Student Loan Fees $217 $217 $217
    Cost of Obtaining Professional License 0 0 $1,150
    Dependent Care
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request
    Disability-Related Expenses
    (See Budget Revision Request form)
    Available upon Request


    The first year of the DPT program is a 12 month cycle and the cost of the first year is considerable higher than the following two years. The cost of attendance varies from year to year. Please contact the office of Student Finance for up-to-date costs.
    • Does the institution offer financial assistance specific to DPT students? Yes
    • Does the program/institution offer scholarships specific to DPT students? Yes
    • Does the program offer graduate assistantships to specific DPT students? No
    • Note: Other opportunities may exist at the institution for FINANCIAL SUPPORT - please contact the program for further information. APTA student members are encouraged to visit the APTA Financial Solutions Center at:
    • Average student debt from the DPT program: $134,320
    • Average total student debt after completing the DPT program: $141,990
    • Estimated amounts are for the academic year specified only. Amounts are based on full-time attendance for the number of months enrolled per academic year. International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on these amounts.
    • Amounts are expected to increase each year consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.
    • To qualify for financial aid, most students must be enrolled at least half time in an aid eligible program and be taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.