High School Senior

Do I apply to the PT program as a freshman?

No. You apply to the university to the preprofessional program in physical therapy. As a freshman, you will be advised to work toward completing your general education and physical therapy prerequisites. You will also declare a major in an area of your choice (for example, Biology, Psychology, Communications, Business).  You apply to the major during the fall of your junior year at Bellarmine.

What are the admission requirements?

Highly qualified Bellarmine University undergraduate students may be admitted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program after completing all prerequisite and general education courses (except IDC. 401) and a minimum of 90 semester hours. Transfer applicants to the professional program must hold a baccalaureate degree and have completed all program prerequisite courses. Admission to the program is selective and highly competitive. Students attending Bellarmine as undergraduates are preferentially admitted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Qualified applicants to the program must have:

  • minimum prerequisite point average of 3.00/4.00
  • a minimum overall (cumulative) undergraduate grade point average of 2.75/4.00
  • completed seven of the ten prerequisite courses prior to January 1 of the admission year
  • completed all program prerequisites prior to entering the professional curriculum
  • a grade of “C” or better in all prerequisites courses
  • taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in the past 5 years and had their official scores submitted to Bellarmine University (School Code 1056)
  • 25 clock hours of documented work or volunteer experience in a physical therapy setting
  • the physical ability to perform tasks required of a physical therapist
  • if English is your second language, you will be required to take the TOEFLiBT, receive 83 or higher and a 26 or higher on the speaking test.

The Guaranteed Early Assurance DPT Program is designed for high school seniors admitted to Bellarmine who want to pursue admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Students admitted to the program are guaranteed early-entry admission into the DPT program at the end of their third (Junior) year of undergraduate coursework upon full application to the DPT program. In order to be eligible to apply for the program, students must be admitted to Bellarmine, have a test score of at least a 28 ACT or 1250 SAT and a cumulative un-weighted GPA of 3.75. A committee will review the applications and select students for the program.

Application Deadlines

Applications to our Early Assurance Program are due March 15. Visit our DPT Guaranteed Early Assurance form to apply.

Priority application deadline is October. Final application deadline is December 1. Visit www.ptcas.org to apply.

How many students apply to the program and what are their qualifications?

There are between 800-900 applicants each year, with an average 3.5 cumulative GPA and prerequisite GPA.

How many students do you admit?

We admit 72 students to the program each year.

Are there any advantages to attending Bellarmine as a freshman instead of attending another university to receive my undergraduate degree?

There are many advantages to attending Bellarmine as a pre-physical therapy major. First, you receive the benefit of being able to meet with PT faculty as you prepare for entrance to the program. Secondly, there is a pre-PT major club and you can be involved with the club as soon as you start classes here. 

Of course, you also receive the advantages all BU students receive – small class sizes, personal attention, and great residence halls and campus life. 

Another benefit is that you apply for early admission, you will spend one less year in school – if you attend another institution to receive your bachelor degree and then enter the DPT program, you will have been in school one year longer than a Bellarmine student.  Highly qualified Bellarmine undergraduate students can enter the program after all prerequisite and general education courses and a minimum of 90 semester hours.

Finally, qualified Bellarmine students receive preferred admission in the DPT program.

How much does it cost?

Because tuition changes yearly, please consult Senior Admission Counselor, Jordan Rose Wiehebrink for current tuition cost at jwiehebrink@bellarmine.edu.