Admissions

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.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • LEAP - April 1
  • Early decision - August 15
  • Priority - October 1
  • Final deadline - December 1

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 three types of applicants for the program:

“4+3” Path
Interested applicants can apply and may be potentially admitted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program after completion of a bachelor’s degree in a major of choice from Bellarmine University or another accredited institution. Applicants must complete all program prerequisites (complete list of all program prerequisite courses listed above) and application requirements.

“3+DPT” Path
Open to Bellarmine University undergraduate students who have completed at least 60 credits (generally two full years) at Bellarmine University. Apply for the DPT program the summer/fall before the junior year. If accepted, would begin DPT school after 3 years of undergraduate coursework. These students must still fulfill all requirements for an undergraduate baccalaureate degree from Bellarmine (completion of all general education requirements + completion of the first year in the DPT program = students would earn a Bachelors in Health Sciences degree)

Launch to DPT: Early Assurance Program aka “LEAP” Path
Highly selective program open to high school seniors to apply. If accepted, students matriculate as undergraduates at Bellarmine and can apply to the DPT program either the summer prior to Junior year or the summer prior to Senior year. Students must complete all application requirements and meet all standards for university admission in order to be accepted. Learn more on our LEAP Path page.

DPT Program Application Information

  • 4+3 Path = Complete a normal PTCAS application or an Early Decision* PTCAS application
  • 3+DPT = Complete a normal PTCAS application (not eligible for an Early Decision* application)
  • LEAP Path = Students admitted into LEAP as an incoming first year student in college will then complete a normal PTCAS application as a junior in college or if applying as a senior in college, either complete a normal PTCAS application or the Early Decision* PTCAS application
  • *Early Decision: Bellarmine will be participating in the "Early Decision" option through PTCAS in the upcoming application cycle. Early Decision is a binding option for highly-qualified 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. The Early Decision application is open to 4+3 path students and LEAP students who are applying in their Senior year. 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. Please see the PTCAS website for the notification deadline for decisions. If accepted, the applicant is “locked in” and committed to Bellarmine University. If not immediately accepted, the applicant is able to apply elsewhere while still remaining under consideration at Bellarmine University.

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.

Contact Information

Please direct LEAP admission questions to Chris Kircher at 502.272.8127 or ckircher@bellarmine.edu.

Please direct Doctor of Physical Therapy program admission questions to Jordan Wiehebrink at 502.272.8245 or jwiehebrink@bellarmine.edu.