Admission deadlines: Fall - December 1
The application and all supporting documentation (fees, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, transcripts, test scores) must be received by the deadline in order for the application to be reviewed.
The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program uses the online application system PTCAS (Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service). Please go to the PTCAS Web site to begin the application process. The fee for using PTCAS is based on the number of programs the applicant designates. A limited number of application fee waivers are available. Meeting PTCAS’ eligibility criterion for a fee waiver does not guarantee a waiver will be granted for supplemental application fees.
In addition to the PTCAS application, all applicants must submit a GW Supplemental Application to the Health Sciences Office of Admissions.
Standardized test scores: The GRE is required for all applicants. Official GRE score reports must be received by the application deadline for an application to be considered for admission. The institution code for GW is 5246.
Recommendations required: Two (2) recommendations must be submitted with your PTCAS application.
Prior academic records: Official transcripts from every college and university attended must be submitted directly to PTCAS. All transcripts must be submitted, whether or not a degree was earned.
All non-U.S. transcripts (including those in English) must be evaluated by World Education Services and submitted directly to PTCAS.
Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 to 500 words, describe your reasons for undertaking study in the Health Sciences at The George Washington University. You should state your academic objectives, career plans, and related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, as well as any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application form.
Additional Requirements: Applicants to the program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
Prerequisite course work includes the following:
-Anatomy and Physiology (two semester sequence, or one semester of each; human focus preferred)
-Physics (two semesters with lab)
-Chemistry (two semesters with lab)
-Biology (two semesters with lab recommended)
-English (two semesters: one composition, one literature)
-Statistics (one semester; mathematical focus preferred)
-Psychology (two semesters: must include psychology beyond the introductory level)
All science courses must be for science/health science majors.
All applicants are required to review the Technical Standards/Essential Functions for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and the Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening Policy before applying.
Note: Accepted applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable tuition deposit.
International applicants only: Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements.
PLEASE NOTE that the Health Sciences programs require the following minimum English language test scores for admission:
-Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
-TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, 250 on computer-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
-PTE Academic: 68

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Health Sciences Programs
The George Washington University
2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 2000
Washington, DC 20006

For questions contact:
9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 109 credits to be taken in the following sequence:

Program of Study

Fall I Semester I
PT 8201Functional Anatomy
PT 8311Foundations of Examination
PT 8312Foundations of Interventions
PT 8351Professional Issues in Physical Therapy Health Care Management I
PT 8361Clinical Conference I
Spring I Semester II
PT 8202Applied Physiology
PT 8313Therapeutic Modalities
PT 8352Teaching in Physical Therapy Practice
PT 8203Neuroscience in Rehabilitation I
PT 8271Research in Practice
PT 8362Clinical Conference II
PT 8483Integrated Clinical Experience I
PT 8204Movement Science I
Summer I Semester III
PT 8205Movement Science II
PT 8206Neuroscience in Rehabilitation II
PT 8207Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology
PT 8363Clinical Conference III
PT 8481Interprofessional Community Practicum
Fall II Semester IV
PT 8315Management of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction I
PT 8208Medical Imaging
PT 8318Management of Neuromotor Dysfunction
PT 8323Prosthetics and Orthotics
PT 8364Clinical Conference IV
PT 8272Research Seminar
PT 8484Integrated Clinical Experience II
Spring II Semester V
PT 8316Management of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction II
PT 8320Management of the Pediatric Client
PT 8322Management of the Aging Adult
PT 8314Management of Cardiopulmonary Dysfunction
PT 8317Management of Integumentary Dysfunction
PT 8365Clinical Conference V
Summer II Semester VI
PT 8491Clinical Education Experience I
PT 8366Clinical Conference VI
PT 8321Women's Health
Fall III Semester VII
PT 8492Clinical Education Experience II
PT 8355Professional Issues in Physical Therapy Health Care Management II
PT 8357Capstone Seminar
PT 8356Health Promotion and Wellness
Spring III Semester VIII
PT 8493Clinical Education Experience III