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Marquette University

Program has filled class as of October 2 and will consider any new applications received for wait list positions only.

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.


Dennis C. Sobush, MA, DPT, CCS
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Marquette University
College of Health Sciences
Department of Physical Therapy
Schroeder Complex, 346B
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI  53201-1881


PTCAS application deadline10/15/2013
Deadline typeFirm
Program has rolling admissions process? No
Important dates

Program has filled class as of October 2 and will consider any new applications received for wait list positions only.  

Marquette's deadline was moved to October 15, 2013.


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$20.00
Supplemental APPLICATION required?No
Supplemental MATERIALS required?Not sure at this time
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?
3.   What is (are) your reason(s) for choosing to apply to the Physical Therapy Program at Marquette?
4.   Marquette University values having students representing diverse talents, abilities, experiences, opinions, and backgrounds. As a form of an introduction, what would a personal biographical sketch reveal to our faculty about you?
5.   How and when did you discern that becoming a physical therapist was an appropriate career path for you to pursue?
6.   How do you envision yourself contributing to the future success of our Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Marquette and the physical therapy profession?
7.   Do you speak a language in addition to English?
8.   If yes, please list the language(s) and describe how you acquired fluency in the language(s).
9.   Do you come from a rural or underserved community?
10.   If yes, do you plan to practice physical therapy in a medically underserved setting?
11.   What is the highest level of educational attainment that each of your parents have acquired?
12.   Would you be willing to travel to Marquette University for the purpose of being interviewed by our Admission’s Committee even if it were at your own expense?


Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?Varies
Marquette University is a guaranteed freshman-entry program. Vacated positions may be filled on a competitive basis by degreed applicants from other academic institutions who have all prerequisite coursework completed.
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology departmentA&P is not required by program
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Course subjectCourse level4-YearLab HoursAcceptable coursesCourse description
Biology IGeneral or CollegeYesNot Req.SH: 3Biology: General I
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Chemistry IGeneral or CollegeYesReq.SH: 4Chemistry I
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Chemistry IIGeneral or CollegeYesReq.SH: 4Chemistry II
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Medical TerminologyIntroYesN/ASH: 1Medical Terminology
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Physics IGeneral or CollegeYesReq.SH: 4Physics I
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Physics IIGeneral or CollegeYesReq.SH: 4Physics II
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
StatisticsIntroYesNot Req.SH: 3Psychology: Statistics
Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.


Is GRE required?Yes
Program's PTCAS GRE code0558
Last acceptable GRE test date for this cycle10/31/2013
Oldest GRE test date considered for this cycle1/1/2011
GRE ScoresMINIMUM GRE score consideredAVERAGE GRE score for accepted students
Verbal reasoning scaled score150    
Verbal reasoning % score48%    
Quantitative reasoning scaled score150    
Quantitative reasoning % score53%    
Analytical writing scaled score4.5    


Number of references required by program0


Program's PT hours requirementPT hours are required - a licensed physical therapist must verify hours with signed form
Total number of PT hours REQUIRED80
Total number of PT hours RECOMMENDED120
DEADLINE for completion of all PT hours11/15/2013
PAID experienceAccepted/Considered
VOLUNTEER experienceAccepted/Considered
INPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
OUTPATIENT experienceAccepted/Considered
Additional information about program's PT hours requirementIt is highly recommended that observation hours as an employee and/or in a volunteer capacity be varied according to clinical practice environment (e.g. acute inpatient setting; post acute rehab; outpatient private practice; skilled nursing facility; school setting; etc.), age and diagnoses of patient populations served, and be culturally diverse.


GPAMinimum GPAAverage GPA for accepted students
Overall Undergraduate Cumulative 3.00 3.44 
Program-specific Prerequisite 3.00 3.37 
Additional information about program's GPA requirementsOur Admissions Committee for the DPT Program uses the highest grade earned in local GPA calculations, if course was repeated.


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
Other non-citizens (e.g., refugees)
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


Is a Deposit Required for Accepted Applicants?No
Program conducts interviews as part of the admissions process?No
PT program start date for entering class8/25/2014
Institution's religious affiliationRoman Catholic-Jesuit
Size of most recent entering class67
Anticipated size of next entering class67
Percent of IN-STATE applicants accepted22%
Percent of WICHE applicants accepted0%
Percent of OUT-OF-STATE (non-resident) applicants accepted78%
Percent of CANADIAN applicants accepted0%
Percent of INTERNATIONAL (non-U.S./non-Canadian) applicants accepted0%
Additional information about the class profileOur Admissions Committee fills the majority, but not all, of available positions into the professional phase of our DPT Program with applicants who are currently enrolled within Marquette University and/or have taken at least 11 of the 23 pre-requisite course credits at Marquette.


Marquette is a Catholic and Jesuit University rooted in the heart of metropolitan Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with an enrollment of approximately 12,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Our mission is dedicated to serving God through caring for individuals of diverse populations locally and globally and contributing to the advancement of knowledge.

The entry-level Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at Marquette is housed within the College of Health Sciences with a curriculum designed to develop the student as a generalist practitioner for ethical and effective clinical practice for patients across the age continuum. We aspire to develop students to become critical thinkers and life-long learners who contribute to and apply evidence for the restoration of function and the prevention of disease. Ranked 12th in the country by US News and World Report, 2012, the 3 year and 2 summer professional phase of the curriculum includes 30 weeks of internship from among over 530 approved clinic sites nationwide. The curriculum includes dissection of the Human cadaver and opportunities for elective coursework concentrations in specialty areas of clinical practice.

Other features of our physical therapy education program include: Students who represent a wide variety of undergraduate degrees obtained with a demonstrated track record of leadership. They have been the driving force behind a Foundation for Physical Therapy premier event called the Marquette Challenge which has raised over 2.5 million dollars to support research endeavors; a distinguished faculty made up of national teaching excellence, research, and service award winners, APTA Fellows, Fulbright scholars, Board certified Specialists, master clinicians, textbook authors, and the JOSPT editor-in-chief; a commitment to cultural diversity with state and federal grants to support minority and disadvantaged students; The Marquette University Physical Therapy Neurological PT Residency Program, accredited by the APTA and co-sponsored by the Zablocki VA Medical Center; PhD and Masters degree programs in Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Health Sciences (CTRH), partially supported by funds from the National Institutes of Health; The Marquette Sports Rehabilitation Clinic (MSRC) which provides physical therapy, athletic training and sports rehabilitation services to Marquette students, employees and their families; an employment record of 100% job placement the past 3 years within 6 months of passing licensure examination; A 100% graduation rate in 2012 within the normally expected time frame; and, a licensure examination first time pass rate of 93.44% and a 100% ultimate pass rate.
Last Updated: 10/03/2013