Program Profile

Radford University

Please make sure to use the following checklist as you apply to our program:

This page is intended for college transfer students and graduates ONLY. High school students MUST contact the institution directly for information about the guaranteed freshman-entry program. Do not apply using PTCAS.


Marlene Manning
Administrative Assistant
Department of Physical Therapy
Radford University
101 Elm Ave
Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital
8th Floor
Roanoke, VA  24013


PTCAS application deadline10/03/2016
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

Please make sure that all supplemental materials (GRE, observation hours, letters of recommendation and Supplemental application with fee) are submitted by the firm deadline of October 14, 2016.

Information Session:  Monday September 1, 2016: 6:00-8:00pm

Onsite Interviews:  November 17 and 18, 2016

Note:  If you are enrolled in coursework for Summer 2016, particularly prerequisite courses, it is recommended that you submit the transcript from the institution in which you are enrolled for Summer 2016 to PTCAS  after the final grades are processed.  All other official transcripts from other institutions should be submitted immediately.  All summer final grades are typically posted by the end of August.  By waiting to submit your official transcript for summer coursework with your final grades, Radford University will have these grades updated by our application deadline.


Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No


If supplemental materials are required, send directly to the PT program.

Supplemental FEE required?Yes
Supplemental fee amount$50.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?Yes
Supplemental MATERIALS required?Yes
Description of supplemental requirementsThe supplemental fee may be paid online with the supplemental application (see link below).

Applicants who would like to qualify for Virginia in-state tuition must complete the “Application for In-state Tuition Rates” section of the supplemental application.

All international applicants must submit the “Supplemental International Application” section of the supplemental application.
Supplemental requirement 1Supplemental application with $50 supplemental fee – select PTCAS Applicant on page one
Supplemental requirement 2Supplemental International Application portion of the online supplemental application.
Supplemental requirement 3Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates portion of the online supplemental application in order to be eligible for in-state tuition rates.
Deadline for supplemental materials 
Link to supplemental forms or instructions


Custom (program-specific) questions on the PTCAS application
1.   Have you previously applied to this PT education program?
2.   If you are reapplying to this program, how have you strengthened your application?
3.   If you have ever previously applied for admission for graduate study at Radford University, please indicate the year of application.
4.   Honor Code: I do hereby resolve to uphold the Honor Code of Radford University by refraining from lying, from the unauthorized possession of property, and from violating the Standards of Student Academic Integrity.

I hereby certify that all entries and attachments are true and complete, and I agree and understand that any falsification and information herein, regardless of time of discovery, may cause forfeiture on my part of admission to Radford University.
Information contained on the application will be provided to Virginia state agencies as required by law.
5.   Expected term of entry: Summer
6.   I will submit all application materials including the RU Supplemental application (including the $50 fee), Official GRE scores, 3 letters of recommendation, and at least 40 verified hours by the Supplemental deadline of October 14, 2016. I fully acknowledge this by responding ?Yes? to this question.
7.   If you were offered the opportunity to interview with our program, would you be able to attend an on-site Interview in Roanoke, VA?


General information- Anatomy and Physiology with lab (8 credit hours)
- General Biology I or II with lab (4 credit hours)
- Chemistry I and II with labs (8 credit hours)
- Physics I and II with labs (8 credit hours)
- Statistics or Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
- Psychology (3 credit hours)

Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Yes
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentYes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
Anatomy & Physiology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: Advanced
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: SEPARATE courses
Anatomy & Physiology IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: Advanced
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: SEPARATE courses
Biology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: Advanced
Biology: Cell
Biology: General I
Biology: General II
Program requires 4 semester hours of biology with lab.

General Biology I, General Biology II, Cell Biology, or Advanced Biology will fulfill the prerequisite.  
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Advanced
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Advanced
Chemistry: Biochemistry
Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics I
Physics: General
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics II
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: General
Psychology: General I
Psychology: General II
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Rehabilitation
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Biology: Biostatistics
Business: Statistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics


Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code0373
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score  152  
Quantitative reasoning scaled score  153  
Analytical writing scaled score  4.0  
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsApplicants must send ALL scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical) from the most RECENT test.

Preferred GRE Scores:

New Testing method:
Verbal - 150
Quantitative - 146
Analytical - 3.5


Number of references required by program3
Evaluator typeApplicant must send one reference from this SPECIFIC type of evaluatorApplicant must send reference from ONE OR MORE evaluators in category to fulfill program's requirementsEvaluator type ACCEPTEDEvaluator type NOT accepted
Physical Therapist-1X   
Physical Therapist-2   X 
Professor in Major   X 
Academic   X 
Supervisor/Employer   X 
Teaching Assistant   X
Pre-PT Advisor   X 
Politician   X
Health Care Professional   X 
Friend   X
Family Member   X
Co-worker   X
Clergy   X
Other   X
Additional information about program's reference requirementsThree (3) letters of recommendation:

-At least one (1) must be from a Physical Therapist
-At least one (1) must be from a Professor or instructor familiar with applicant's academic work.
-The third can be from any of the 'ACCEPTED' (3rd column) sources above.


Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed PT must verify hours w/ signed form uploaded or online via PTCAS
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED40
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED>100
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementA minimum of 40 hours must be completed AND verified by PTCAS by the Application deadline


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.25 3.64 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.69 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsA minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 (based on 4.0 scale) from an accredited 4 year institution.

A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (based on 4.0 scale) in the sciences prerequisites as defined previously on this page.

Radford's DPT program uses the highest grade earned when calculating the science prerequisite GPA, if any courses were repeated. Our program will accept community college coursework in addition to coursework completed at a 4 year institution.


Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Canadian citizens
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens with a visa
Foreign (non-U.S.) citizens
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkSend foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS
Program policy for CANADIAN courseworkSend original Canadian transcript to PTCAS
Additional information about program's policy on foreign courseworkEnglish translation required for original foreign transcripts.

International applicants, must submit the Supplemental International Student Application:

Foreign applicants whose native language is not English must achieve an acceptable score on TOEFL examination and submit an approved credential report for coursework completed outside the United States. Minimal acceptable TOEFL scores are:

Paper Based - 575
Internet Based - 88-89
Computer Based - Please contact our program directly to inquire more about Computer based TOEFL Requirements.


Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 500.00
Additional Information about DepositAmount is subject to change. Applicants that are accepted into the program will be required by pay a $500 non-refundable deposit that will be applied towards the first semester of tuition.
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class5/21/2017
Size of most recent entering class30
Anticipated size of next entering class30
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted59%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted41%


**Department of Physical Therapy at Radford University 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:**

Radford University's Department of Physical Therapy aspires to prepare responsive and engaged professionals who lead by example by providing best practice care. Our vision parallels the APTA’s 2020 vision that physical therapy will be provided by doctors of physical therapy. Physical therapists will be recognized by consumers and other health care professionals as practitioners of choice to whom consumers have direct access for the diagnosis of, interventions for, and prevention of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to movement, function, and health.

Offering the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree is one example of Radford University’s commitment to educate highly competent practitioners to serve the needs of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation. This department strives to develop leading practitioners who will improve access and quality of care for aging and underserved populations.

If you are interested in our physical therapy program, we invite you to review the physical therapy prerequisite requirements, curriculum, and clinical education opportunities. Student learning and evidence based practice are emphasized throughout the DPT curriculum. Faculty research is tangible and supports evidence based practice by bringing the most current knowledge into the classroom as it evolves.

Radford University features strong partnerships with local and national businesses, hospitals, and public schools to offer a variety of experiential learning experiences. This diversity will prepare our students to provide quality physical therapy care throughout the lifespan of population and within areas of interest. Radford University interdepartmental associations also provide a multitude of positive on-campus learning opportunities.


The curriculum for the Physical Therapy Program is designed to foster an intellectual and psychomotor teaching/learning environment that is student focused. The educational format engages students to develop and perfect decision-making skills, critical thinking, psychomotor skill development, and social skills integration. The curriculum is built on a simple to complex model beginning with an integration of foundational and clinical sciences and progressing to complex and diverse practical learning experiences. Participation and application of current research stimulates practitioners to be current in everyday practice and pursue life-long learning. These activities result in the development of diverse autonomous practitioners with the intellectual awareness, social skills, and psychomotor skills to positively impact their communities and the profession of physical therapy.

The program is designed to prepare students as entry-level, diverse, culturally sensitive autonomous practitioners of physical therapy. A variety of health care institutions, agencies, and practice settings are utilized for clinical educational experiences; both on a local and national level. Clinical Education is an integral component of the student’s educational experience.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to develop culturally sensitive autonomous practitioners of physical therapy. These practitioners will serve the physical therapy needs of rural communities, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the region. The development of autonomous practitioners will be facilitated through an engaging and challenging intellectual and psychomotor teaching/ learning environment that is student focused. Research is considered a vital corollary to the teaching/ learning process leading to lifelong learning and the creation of new knowledge to meet current and future healthcare needs of society.

Program Values:

- The teaching/ learning environment is student centered.

- The teaching/ learning environment is intellectually engaging and culturally sensitive.

- The educational process creates an autonomous physical therapy practitioner.

- The educational experience creates a lifelong learner.

Program Principles:

- The learning process is based on an integration of foundational and clinical sciences.

- Critical reasoning and use of evidence based practice are essential elements of the curriculum.

- Research is a vital corollary to the teaching/ learning process leading to the development of a lifelong learner and the creation of new knowledge.

- Practitioners of physical therapy advocate for the provision of physical therapy services for underserved and underrepresented populations.

Program Goals:

- The program will facilitate the development of culturally sensitive autonomous practitioners.

- Core faculty, students and graduates will provide physical therapy services to rural communities, the Commonwealth, and the region.

- The program will provide a student focused teaching learning environment.

- The program and faculty will facilitate use of current research in the application of evidence-based practice.

- Graduates of the program will pursue lifelong learning.

Meeting the program’s expected performance outcomes reflects the mastery and application of the goals of the physical therapy curriculum. Graduates who have met or exceeded the program’s outcome goals will have met the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective requirements of the curriculum. These performance outcomes are entry-level level qualifications for the practice of physical therapy and are required to sit for the national licensure examination in physical therapy.

Last Updated: 07/05/2016