Application to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is highly competitive and generally requires the completion of a bachelor’s degree and all program prerequisites prior to starting in the program. All applications to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Bellarmine University must be made through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Bellarmine University does not require a supplemental application packet. Additional information on the PTCAS can be found here.

The priority application deadline for the May 2018 cohort is October 2, 2017 and the final application deadline is December 1, 2017.

Prerequisite Courses (or Equivalents) for the DPT Program

(Bellarmine courses in parentheses).

  • 2 semesters of anatomy and physiology with lab (BIOL 108 & 109; two semesters of 300+ level biology courses can substitute for this prerequisite)
  • 1 semester of general biology with lab (BIOL 130)
  • 1 semester of advanced physiology such as vertebrate physiology, mammalian¬† physiology, exercise physiology or pathophysiology (BIOL 300 or BIOL 314 or EXSC 240)
  • 2 semesters of college chemistry with lab (CHEM 103 & 104)
  • 2 semesters of college physics with lab (PHYS 201 & 202 or PHYS 205 & 206)
  • 1 semester of psychology (PSYC 103 or 104)
  • 1 semester of statistics (MATH 205)

Admission Information

The Bellarmine University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program prepares students for licensure and practice in the field of physical therapy. Candidates for licensure in all states must hold a post-baccalaureate degree in physical therapy from an accredited institution. Individuals can apply for admission to this program through a competitive application process. There are two types of applicants for the program:.

Post-Baccalaureate Student (applicant completing a bachelor’s degree from either Bellarmine or another regionally accredited institution): Interested applicants can apply and may be potentially admitted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program after completing a bachelor’s degree in a major of choice, as well as completion of all program prerequisites (complete list of all program prerequisite courses listed above).

Early Entry Bellarmine Student (current Bellarmine student applying to the program during the Junior year): Highly qualified Bellarmine University undergraduate students may be admitted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program after completing all prerequisite, general education courses (except IDC. 401), junior year of coursework in a declared major, and a minimum of 90 semester hours. Bellarmine undergraduate students receive the Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree after completing all university general education requirements, program prerequisites and the first year of the professional program. The university awards the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree upon completion of the professional curriculum.

Bellarmine also has an Early Assurance Program for highly qualified Freshman who have an ACT of 28 or higher and a cumulative High School GPA of 3.75 or higher. Students who enroll at Bellarmine through the Early Assurance Program and maintain a 3.5 GPA are eligible for guaranteed early-entry into the DPT program as described above.

Bellarmine will be participating in the "Early Decision" option through PTCAS in the upcoming application cycle. Early Decision is a binding option for external applicants who have decided that one particular program is their first choice. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one program that participates in Early Decision. If accepted as an Early Decision applicant, you will not be permitted to apply to any additional programs in PTCAS during the application cycle. You should only apply as an Early Decision candidate if you are certain you want to attend that particular program. If not, apply as a regular applicant instead. The deadline to apply as an Early Decision applicant is August 15, 2017. (While current Bellarmine undergraduates are not eligible for the Early Decision option, they are highly encouraged to meet the October 2 deadline for priority consideration).

International Applicants

All students are expected to have appropriate English-language proficiency to be admitted to the university. The language proficiency is required to ensure students are adequately prepared and well positioned to succeed. The Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee requires an official TOEFL iBT or IELTS score for verification of language proficiency for applicants: a) who were born outside the US, b) for whom English is a second language, or c) who have a degree or transcripts from a non-US institution. Applicants must earn a total score of 83 or higher and a speaking score of 26 or higher on the TOEFL iBT or earn a total band score of 7 or higher AND a speaking band score of 8 or higher on the IELTS to meet the language proficiency requirement. Only official score reports will be accepted.

Incoming Student Statistics

 Incoming Class 2012  2013  2014 2015 2016 2017
 Number of applications 625  861  799 805 816 817
 Incoming class size 60  64  72 72 72 72
 Number student accepted (accepted and on waiting list) 138  187 157 164 210 182
 Average incoming GPA  3.52  3.39  3.56 3.56 3.59 3.59
 Average incoming prereq GPA  3.57  3.52  3.56 3.49 3.51 3.59
 Number of incoming Bellarmine students  22  15 32 21 12 23


These numbers reflect averages. Some accepted students scored higher and some lower than the numbers shown here.

Admission Contact

All correspondence relevant to admission should be directed to:
Bellarmine University
Office of Graduate Admission
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY  40205