Doctor of Physical Therapy Program: FAQs

We hope to answer all your questions about the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, but if we miss something, contact us!

Q. When must I complete my application?

The preferred deadline means that when this deadline passes, we will begin reviewing completed applications and accepting students at our discretion.

The final deadline means you can still submit any application materials up until this date, after which we will no longer accept any application materials for this year's cohort. It is important to remember that although you have until this deadline to complete your application, there is a risk that this year's cohort may reach capacity between the preferred and the final deadlines. With that in mind, we encourage you to submit all application materials before the preferred deadline.

Q. Do I have to have all of my prerequisites coursework done before I can apply?

A. No, you do not have to have all of your prerequisite coursework completed before you apply for admission to the DPT program. It is recommended that you have at least 75% of your prerequisite coursework completed before you apply to help ensure all prerequisite courses will have concluded before the program start date.

Q. Is a degree required prior to enrolling in the DPT program?

A. Yes, the DPT program requires a bachelor’s degree in any discipline as well as the program pre-requisites. These pre-requisites may be part of the completed degree, or taken in addition to the degree, from any regionally-accredited institution. If you are looking to obtain your Bachelor’s degree or pre-requisites from AHU please contact Enrollment Services at 407-303-7742 or visit our Academics page for additional information.

Q. How will I know if I've been granted an interview?

A. Invitations to interview will be sent to the email address that you’ve disclosed to PTCAS. Completion of our admission process does not guarantee an interview.

Q. What is the program’s acceptance rate (“the percentage of all applicants who applied to the AHU DPT program and were offered a seat in the incoming class”)?
A.
  • Class of 2019 – 22%
  • Class of 2020 – 17%
  • Class of 2021 – 23%
  • Class of 2022 – 26%
Q. What is the program’s matriculation rate (“the percentage of applicants who were offered a seat in the incoming class who actually started the program”)?
A.
  • Class of 2019 – 67%
  • Class of 2020 – 63%
  • Class of 2021 – 58%
  • Class of 2022 – 56%
Q. What is the program’s graduation rate (“the percentage of students who matriculated in the first course in the professional program after the drop/add period and who completed the program”)?
A.
  • Class of 2019 – 92%
  • Class of 2020 – To be available May 2020
Q. What is the licensure pass rate (“the percentage of graduates who took and successfully passed the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE)”?
A.
  • Class of 2019 – To be available December 2019
  • Class of 2020 – To be available December 2020
Q. What is the employment rate (“the percentage of graduates who sought employment that were employed (full-time or part-time) as a physical therapist within 1 year following graduation”)?
A.
  • Class of 2019 – To be available May 2020
  • Class of 2020 – To be available May 2021

Q: Do Seventh-day Adventist students receive preference when applying to the program?

A: AdventHealth University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program embraces the university’s mission to prepare healthcare professionals who live the healing values of Christ. The program welcomes applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Students who are members of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church may receive special consideration during the admissions process by:

  • Submitting all required application materials by the preferred deadline
  • Indicating their SDA affiliation on the AHU custom question section of PTCAS, and
  • Submitting a fourth letter of recommendation from an SDA pastor or other SDA church official

The additional letter of recommendation should discuss how the applicant’s faith impacts their interactions with others and their ability to fulfill AHU’s mission. This additional letter of recommendation must be submitted directly to the Program Admissions Coordinator:

AdventHealth University: Physical Therapy Program
ATTENTION: DPT Program Admissions Coordinator
671 Winyah Drive
Orlando, Florida 32803

Q: Does my Abnormal Psychology course fulfill one of the pre-requisites for Psychology?
A: Although Abnormal Psychology is a great class, your pre-requisite classes need to be General Psychology, and Human Development Across the Lifespan (i.e., Developmental Psychology, Human Growth and Development).