The DPT Curriculum

The curriculum is a three year, nine (9)-semester plan of study, which incorporates 30 weeks of full-time clinical internship and three weeks of integrated part-time clinical experiences. Students are awarded the DPT degree after completing 128 credit hours of professional course work.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • An official transcript from each regionally accredited post-secondary school previously attended
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in college course work, and minimum of a 3.0 in all prerequisite courses.
  • Courses must have all been completed within the last seven years.
  • Official GRE scores (Brenau Code:  7557)
  • Minimum score of 146 on the verbal portion of the GRE, 144 on the quantitative portion and 3.5 on the analytical writing portion for GRE test taken on or after to August 1st, 2011.
  • Minimum score of 400 on the verbal portion of the GRE, 500 on the quantitative portion and 3.5 on the analytical writing portion for GRE test taken prior to August 1st, 2011.
  • Minimum scores must be all met on one exam.
  • 40 hours of volunteer experience or observations divided at least between two different types of settings.
  • Three letters of recommendation from: a licensed PT, a professor and other non-family member.

Advanced Placement and Transfer Credit

All courses required for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program, both didactic and clinical, must be completed at Brenau University. The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Brenau does not grant advanced placement, credit for experiential learning, or transfer credits from another program or institution.

*Due to the novel Coronavirus the following exceptions are in place for admission into the Brenau University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program:

  • Pass/Fail: Courses taken as prerequisites for enrollment may not be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. Due to the current situation with COVID-19, we will accept pass/fail courses taken in Spring/Summer 2020. If you are given an option of pass/fail at your institution, it is preferred that you decline that option for all prerequisite courses. However, given the uniqueness of the current circumstances, pass/fail courses taken Spring/Summer 2020 will be accepted. Applicants will need to submit documentation, in PTCAS, verifying that they were not offered the choice of receiving a letter grade, or that the choice to move to a pass/fail grading basis was made prior to seeing their final letter grade in the course.
  • Observation Hours: We are aware that the ability to complete shadowing experiences has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are unable to fulfill the required hours due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, please describe this in detail within your application.

Prerequisite Courses

The following prerequisite courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better while having a minimum of a 3.0 in all prerequisite courses.

  • Chemistry 1 & 2 with labs
  • Physics 1 & 2 with labs
  • Psychology – 2 semesters including General Psychology and one additional
  • Statistics
  • Biology (one of the following three sequences should be met)
    • 2 Semesters of Biology with labs AND 1 semester of Human Physiology with lab
    • 1 Semester of Biology with lab AND 2 semesters of Human Anatomy & Physiology (I & II) with labs
    • 1 Semester of Biology with lab AND 1 semester of Human Anatomy with Lab AND 1 semester of Human Physiology with lab

International Student English Language Requirement: Proficiency in the English language can be proven through submission of a minimum of one of the following:

  • ACT composite score of 19
  • IELTS score of 6.0
  • SAT Verbal score of 450
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 500
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 527 (Paper based test)
  • TOEFL score of 197 (Computer based test)
  • TOEFL score of 71 (Internet based test).
  • or a grade of “C” or better in EH 101 & EH 102 from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.