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Early Assurance Admission Program

Please go the ECU Honors College website for the timeline and more information. http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/earlyassurance/

Students in the Honors College at East Carolina University are invited to apply for an Early Assured Admittance to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

  • Up to two seats of the 30 seats available will be reserved four years in advance for qualified merit scholars who have entered ECU as freshmen.
  • All Honors College students will be sent information on the DPT program and an application for early‐assured admission to the DPT program. A subcommittee of the PT Department Admissions Committee will review applications and all applicants will be invited for an interview during their orientation visit to the campus.
  • The Admissions Committee will priority rank all interviewed applicants and offer Early Assured Admission to up to two students.
  • Selected alternates will be encouraged to participate in program activities, as a means to be eligible for early admission should vacancies for early admission become available.

Accepted and selected alternate students must:

  • Maintain a minimum overall and prerequisite GPA of 3.5
  • Complete all DPT course prerequisites and clinical exposure requirements before the summer semester of their senior year.
  • Exhibit an acceptable level of commitment to the profession and personal deportment and maturity.
  • Participate in all PT program activities developed specifically for participants in the Early Assurance Admission Program.
  • Establish a Doctor of Physical Therapy student mentor
  • Participate in one of the ECU Department of Physical Therapy research laboratories
  • Observe patient care in the ECU Department of Physical Therapy clinics

Students who remain eligible will apply to the Graduate School the spring of their junior year. Qualified students will be exempt from the Graduate Record Exam requirement and the interview process. During the summer semester following their junior year, all early‐assured admission students will receive a letter of acceptance with a 1‐year deferment. All accepted students must maintain acceptable academic standards, graduate with a baccalaureate degree, and begin the DPT program the year designated in the acceptance letter. Though not legally binding, it is understood that students receiving an early acceptance will not apply to other PT schools. Accepted students who fail to meet early admission requirements will be discontinued from the program and are not eligible for early assured admission. They may apply during standard DPT application times if they choose to do so.