Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer a master's degree program?

No, our DPT program is a 36-month, full-time program culminating in a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

What is the Program's accreditation status?

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Marist College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Which bachelor's degree is most beneficial?

Applicants come from a wide variety of academic majors, degrees, and backgrounds. Regardless of the specific major or degree, applicants must complete the prerequisites courses requirements and observation hours to be considered for admission.

What are the required prerequisite courses?

The required science prerequisite courses for Marist’s DPT program include Anatomy & Physiology I & II (a semester of Anatomy and a semester of Physiology may be substituted), Biology I & II, General Chemistry I & II and Physics I & II.  Each of these courses should be four credits and include a corresponding lab.  Two Psychology courses and a Statistics course, each three credits, are also required. All of the above courses must be completed with grades of “C+” or above. Please note that a “C” will not be accepted.

What type of experience qualifies for the minimum 80 hours of PT observation?

The 80 hours of volunteer or observation experience must be completed under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The hours must be in a minimum of two different types of settings.

Do all of my prerequisite coursework and observation hours need to be completed by the time I apply to the program?

You can still apply if you have no more than 2 pending prerequisite courses in progress. However, prerequisite courses in progress for the Fall immediately preceding the start of the January cohort will not be accepted. At the time of admission, all pending prerequisite coursework must be completed with a "B" or higher grade before the start of the program in January. A minimum of 80 hours of PT observation must be completed at the time of application.

What is the GPA requirement for admission to your program?

The academic standard for admission is a 3.0 GPA overall, combined with a 3.0 GPA for science prerequisite courses.

What are other factors evaluated beside academic ability?

Students who meet the GPA requirements will be invited for an interview. Scores from the interview and letters of recommendation are considered in the application process.

Do I have to take the GREs to apply to the program? How are scores from multiple GRE exams evaluated?

Yes, the GRE exam is required. We will consider the Analytical Writing section scores. The minimum required score is 3.5.

If I am denied admission, can I reapply?

Yes. Applicants who are denied admission are welcome to reapply in subsequent years. If an applicant reapplies, s/he must resubmit a PTCAS application and pay the PTCAS fees again. Repeat applicants should highlight what they have done to improve their eligibility for the program since the previous application and are encouraged to submit at least one new or updated letter of recommendation. Applicants may only apply three times for admission.

Are any of the courses offered online?

No, the DPT Program has an onsite educational model, allowing students to interact as they learn together in the classroom.

If I attended a foreign school or earned my degree outside of the United States, can someone review my transcript prior to applying?

All transcripts from institutions outside of the U.S. must be submitted to World Education Services, Inc, an evaluation service for a course-by-course U.S. equivalency report.

Are TOEFL scores required?

If the applicant is a high school graduate from a non-English speaking country, then TOEFL scores are required on the PTCAS application. However, this requirement is waived if a student has earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited US institution.

I am a licensed physical therapist. Can I enroll in your DPT program?

No. The program only offers an entry-level DPT degree.

Will I be able to work while in the program?

The program is extremely rigorous, so working is discouraged. However, some students may choose to work part-time to help finance their education.

What is the anticipated class size?

The program will admit 42 students each year.

Where will the clinical education rotations be held?

Students complete four full-time clinical internships for a total of 36 weeks. All students will complete at least one inpatient and one outpatient experience. The remaining experiences may be geared toward the student's interests in specific settings or patient populations.

How do I register a complaint?

Any individual or organization unsatisfied with their experience or encounter with any student, faculty, or staff member of the Marist DPT should file a written complaint and send it to the attention of the Program Director. A complaint about the Program Director should be sent to the Dean of the School of Science. A response will be rendered within 30 days. There is a prohibition of any retaliation against the person filing the complaint.

CAPTE can be contacted at 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:  To obtain the materials necessary for submitting a complaint, contact the APTA Accreditation Department at 703-706-3245 or at

Accreditation Status

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Marist College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (845) 575-3800 or email:

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