Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the Elon DPT admissions process. If you have additional questions, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (336) 278-7600 or

Admissions Process
Course Prerequisites

Admissions Process

Does Elon participate in PTCAS?
The Elon DPT program participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). All applicants applying for the class of 2020 entering January 2018 will apply online using the PTCAS application. To apply, visit Elon does not have a supplemental application.

I've submitted my application to PTCAS - what now?
In general, PTCAS can take up to 4 weeks to process your application before it is made available to Elon. PTCAS downloads are received weekly. Shortly after we receive your application, graduate admissions will email you an OnTrack username and password so that you can monitor your application status.

How can I monitor the status of my application?
It is the applicant's responsibility to review the progress of his/her application via Elon OnTrack. After PTCAS mails application materials to Elon, the Office of Graduate Admissions emails a username and password for OnTrack in order to check the status of your application. Although Elon doesn’t have a supplemental application, it is common for letters of recommendation or GRE scores to arrive after a PTCAS application is submitted. For evaluation, all documents must be received.

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When is the application deadline?
The final application deadline is November 1, 2016. Applications meet this deadline if they are submitted to PTCAS by 11:59pm EST on the deadline. Additional materials such as GRE scores and letters of recommendation may be submitted after this date; but for evaluation, all documents must be received.

The Elon DPT program accepts applications on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early. The interviews fill quickly.

Is there an interview required?
Interviews are a requirement for admission. About 150 of the most qualified applicants will be invited to campus for an interview with the DPT faculty. Interviews will be held on September 16 (Early Decision), December 2, December 12, January 30, February 3, February 27, March 3 and March 6.

How many applicants are usually interviewed?
We anticipate interviewing about 150 of the most qualified applicants to fill a class of 46. Last year the program received 914 applications and interviewed 162 candidates.

What can I expect on the interview day?
The interview day consists of three individual interviews, informational sessions about the program and admissions process, and lunch with current DPT students. Candidates also tour the Francis Center.

Course Prerequisites

What does the committee look for in an application file?
Admissions priority is given to applicants who exceed the minimum overall GPA of 3.2 cumulative undergraduate and 3.0 overall science academic courses; a combined GRE score higher than 297 on verbal and quantitative sections; present three solid recommendations; an engaging personal statement; and successful completion of work experience. View the class profile to see the average GPA, GRE and more.

My application meets most of the requirements, but falls below in one area (GPA, science GPA, or GRE). Should I apply anyway?
Admission to Elon’s DPT program is highly selective. Last year the program received 914 applications to fill a class of 46. Although all applications are reviewed, the committee typically doesn’t offer an interview to any candidate whose GPA, science GPA, or GRE fall below the required minimums.

If I have outstanding prerequisites, when do they need to be completed?
Candidates must have completed five of the six science prerequisite courses at the time of application. All six science prerequisites must be successfully completed by the time of enrollment.

If I take two science courses from the same discipline, does that count as two separate prerequisites?
Yes – for example, if you take Biology I and Biology II, that suffices as two prerequisites. The combination of prerequisite courses can vary from applicant to applicant. (Note: most applicants have more than six science courses).
One sample list of prerequisites is: Biology I, Biology II, Physics, Anatomy, Physiology, and Kinesiology.
Another possibility is: A&P I, A&P II, Biology I, Exercise Physiology, General Chemistry, and Physics.

Is a lab required with each of the science prerequisite courses?
Yes, a lab is required for the science prerequisites. The program recognizes that some exercise science courses may not offer a lab, therefore some courses such as physiology or kinesiology may be accepted without a lab.

Do Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken in high school count toward course requirements?
No, AP courses are not accepted to fulfill prerequisites.

Can I take prerequisites at a community college?

Is the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) required?
All applicants must have taken the GRE within five years of applying to the DPT program. We accept the prior GRE General Test as well as the revised GRE General Test. A minimum score of 1000 (or 297 on the revised GRE taken after 7/31/11) is required for a composite Verbal and Quantitative score. A minimum of 3.0 is required for Analytical Writing score. Elon's PTCAS GRE code is 7617.

I've taken the GRE multiple times with multiple results. Which score will you use?
The DPT program uses the highest score earned in each section of the GRE, regardless of when, within the previous five years, that score was received.