Doctorate in Physical Therapy: Admission Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: The Stony Brook DPT Program NO LONGER REQUIRES GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores to apply and will accept grades of pass/fail for courses completed in 2020 spring and summer semesters, including prerequisite coursework


All applicants must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Baccalaureate degree (no preferred major required)
  • Achieved a minimum grade of  "C" in all prerequisite courses below: 
  • Natural Sciences: The following courses must be designated for science majors and include laboratory segments (except where noted) and have been completed within the last ten years:
    • Biology I & II (2 courses, labs required)
    • Chemistry I & II (2 courses, labs required)
    • Physics I & II (2 courses, labs required)
    • Physiology  - select one of the following options:
      • One course in Anatomy and one course in Physiology (any type, lab not required)
      • Two courses of Anatomy & Physiology (lab required, does not have to be designated for science majors)
  • One course in Psychology
  • One course in Statistics
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Pre-Requisite Natural Science Requirement Preferences at Local Public Colleges:
Stony Brook University PHY 121 &  PHY 122
PHY 131 / PHY 133
PHY 132 / PHY 134
CHE 131 /CHE 133
CHE 132 /CHE 134
BIO 202
BIO 203
BIO 204
BIO 328
HAN 200
HAN 202
Suffolk Community College PHY 101 &
PHY 102
CHE 133 &
CHE 134
BIO 150 &
BIO 151
BIO 130 &
BIO 132
Nassau Community College PHY 101 &
PHY 102
CHE 151 &
CHE 152 or
CHE 131 &
CHE 132
BIO 109 &
BIO 110
BIO 201 &
BIO 202
Farmingdale College PHY 135 & 136 or
PHY 143 & 144
CHM 152 &
CHM 153
BIO 130 &
BIO 131 or
BIO 193
BIO 170 &
BIO 171 or
BIO 294

PREFERENCE is given to applicants with:

  • A minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  • No more than two outstanding science prerequisite courses at the time of application; outstanding sciences cannot be in the same subject area.


  • Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  • A total of 100 hours of volunteer or work experience with a physical therapist. At least 50 volunteer or work experience hours must be documented and submitted through PTCAS at the time of application. The PTCAS application file can be updated with the remaining hours prior to the close of the relevant admissions cycle.
    • To learn more about volunteering at Stony Brook University Hospital, please call the Department of Volunteer Services at (631) 444-2610.
    • To learn more about volunteering at the Long Island State Veterans Home, please call (631) 444-8590.


  • Three references; it is required that at least one of these references be from a licensed Physical Therapist.
  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)report is required if English is not your first language. A minimum score of 90 is required.
  • Beginning with the 2024 admissions cycle, the Stony Brook DPT Program is NO LONGER requiring the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admissions.


Information sessions about the Entry-Level Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program are held monthly. Refer to the information session section for these scheduled dates.