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Azusa Pacific University (for class beginning in Feb 2015)

Program has filled its February 2015 class and will no longer consider any new applications received. Applicants can begin to apply to the 2016 entering class in November 2014.


Anel Herrera
DPT Admissions Coordinator
Department of Physical Therapy
Azusa Pacific University
701 E. Foothill Blvd.
Azusa, CA  91702


PTCAS application deadline10/01/2014
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? Yes
Important dates

Preview Day-Information Session Dates: June 13, 2014 and October 31, 2014

This will be a great opportunity to meet with Faculty and current students of the Physical Therapy Department, and learn more about the program. If you would like to attend, please feel free to call us at (626) 815-5014 or email to reserve a space.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the cycle. Due to the rolling admission process, and high volume of applications the class may fill before the October 1st deadline.  There is no guarantee that an application will be reviewed and may be denied even if it is received by the deadline.

 * PT applicants for APU’s 2015 entering class can apply between July 1, 2014 and October 1, 2014.

Applicants who apply by the October 1, 2014 deadline will be considered for APU's February 2015 entering class only, unless otherwise indicated by the program.


PT applicants for APU's February 2016 entering class can begin to apply in November 2014, and can apply either between….

* Nov 1, 2014 and May 15, 2015 using the 2014-15 PTCAS application *OR*

* Jul 1, 2015 and Oct 1, 2015 using the 2015-16 PTCAS application. 

The PTCAS application is closed between May 15 and June 30 every year.  Apply only once to an entering class.  APU will not reconsider applicants who apply to the same entering class twice and PTCAS will not issue a refund for this reason.



Program participates in PTCAS Early Decision?No


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

Supplemental FEE required?No
Supplemental fee amount$0.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?No
Deadline for supplemental materials 


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?


General informationNote: Beginning with the incoming class for February 2016, Exercise Physiology will be required.

All science prerequisites coursework more than 7 years old is not accepted.

Courses can be taken at any accredited college or university.

AP Credit/CLEP cannot be used for prerequisites requirements.

Online non-science courses are acceptable.

Online science courses- A hybrid course with online lectures and in-person labs may be acceptable.
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
AnatomyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: Animal
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: Pathophysiology
A&P: SEPARATE courses
A&P: Vertebrate
If a combined anatomy/physiology course is taken, two semester or three quarter courses are required.  
Biology / Biological ScienceGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 4Biology: Embryology
Biology: Genetics
Biology: Histology
Biology: Immunology
Biology: Microbiology
Biology: Molecular
Any Biology course accepted as the 4th course, no lab required.
Biology IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Biology: Cell
Biology: General
General or Cell required.
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
One year with lab of General Chemistry or Organic.
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Chemistry: Inorganic
Chemistry: Organic
One year with lab of General Chemistry or Organic.
Exercise PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoRecommendedSH: 3Exercise Physiology
Lab recommended  
HumanitiesGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 9English Composition
Must take 3 courses and one must be English Comp.  
Physics IGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics I
One year with lab, must include electro, hydro, and magnetic.
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4Physics II
One year with lab, must include electro, hydro, and magnetic
PhysiologyGeneral or CollegeNoReq.SH: 4A&P: Animal
A&P: COMBINED Course (eg, A&P)
A&P: Human
A&P: Mammalian
A&P: Pathophysiology
A&P: SEPARATE courses
A&P: Vertebrate
If a combined anatomy/physiology course is taken, two semester or three quarter courses are required. Must have a lab.  
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: General
PsychologyGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Abnormal
Psychology: Adolescent
Psychology: Any
Psychology: Child
Psychology: Death & Dying
Psychology: Developmental
Psychology: Growth & Development
Psychology: Human Behavior
Psychology: Life Span Development
Psychology: Rehabilitation
Psychology: Social
Psychology: Sports
Any psychology course.
StatisticsGeneral or CollegeNoNot Req.SH: 3Biology: Biostatistics
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: Statistics


Is GRE required?Yes
University GRE Code4596
PT program department GRE code0619
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle10/1/2014
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle10/1/2009
Additional information about program's GRE requirementsHighly Recommended

Old GRE Score:


Revised GRE Scores
Verbal = 150
Quantitative = 150
Analytical = 4.0


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 
Professor   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 recommendation letters from persons well-suited to evaluate qualifications for graduate study and/or physical therapy: one must be from a licensed physical therapist and two from faculty members familiar with academic work in areas closely related to the proposed field of study or responsible person well-informed about relevant work completed by the student.


Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - no verification by a physical therapist
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED100
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirement100 PT hours are required. Must be in a PT Setting.


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.43 
Science GPA 3.00 3.22 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsA minimum 3.0 science GPA is required. Applicants with a science GPA below 2.9 will not be considered. Prerequisite courses with grades of C- or lower are not accepted and must be retaken.

[APU's GPA requirements revised on 12/23/13]


Citizenship types eligible for admissionU.S. citizens
U.S. permanent residents
Canadian citizens
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores?Yes
Program policy for non-U.S. (foreign/international) courseworkSend foreign transcript evaluation to PTCAS and APU
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.


Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants$ 500.00
Additional Information about DepositDeposit due within 2 weeks of acceptance notice
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?Yes
PT program start date for entering class2/2/2015
Institution's religious affiliationNon-denominational Christian
Size of most recent entering class43
Anticipated size of next entering class43
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted82%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted18%


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a 31-month (including summers), entry-level professional program emphasizing the scientific basis of human structure and human movement, the spiritual basis of human worth, and the integration of these foundational elements into a comprehensive and problem-solving, evidence- and consensus-based approach to artful evaluation and skillful treatment. Graduates have a solid generalist perspective of patient care in a variety of professional treatment settings with a strong foundation for post-professional specialization and lifelong learning.

All applications, whether before May 15, 2014 or after July 1, 2014 but before Oct 1, 2014 will be considered for the class entering Feb 2015.
Last Updated: 05/04/2015