East Carolina University Physical Therapy program participates in the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). The PTCAS cycle for 2018-2019 will open in July 2018 for the Class of 2022. To apply, visit

ECU DPT program also requires that you apply to the ECU Graduate School. For application materials, visit ECU's Graduate School website. Please note the Graduate School has a processing fee payment. This fee is in addition to the PTCAS application fee.

The application deadline for the 2018-2019 admission cycle is October 1st, 2018 for both PTCAS and ECU Graduate School. THIS IS A FIRM DEADLINE. We strongly encourage students to have applications submitted 2 weeks before this date.

ECU Physical Therapy conducts on-campus personal interviews as part of the admission process. The tentative interview date is December 13, 2018.

Admission requirements are subject to change without prior notice – please check this page frequently.

At the time of application to the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be eligible/apply for admission to the ECU Graduate School
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    • **Once you have submitted the graduation application form you will receive an automated email confirmation from ECU with instructions on how to pay the application fee. **PTCAS applications that are received without the required Graduate School application submitted and the ($75) fee paid to ECU Graduate school will not be reviewed.
  • Have a four-year degree or be on track to graduate from an accredited university or college with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum prerequisite GPA of 3.0 with a grade of  'C' or better in each prerequisite course.
  • Present evidence that the required prerequisite course work will be completed by the end of the Fall semester in which they apply. Applicants should have no more than two prerequisite courses left to complete in the Fall semester of their application year. See notes below re: prerequisites.
  • Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 145 Verbal, 145 Quantitative, and 3.0 Writing. (ECU's PTCAS code is 7565) Last accepted test date is 9/1/18
  • Provide evidence of exposure to the practice of physical therapy supervised by a licensed physical therapist. A minimum of 100 hours is required. A variety of clinical experiences is strongly recommended, including: inpatient/acute, outpatient, adult rehabilitation, long-term care, geriatrics, pediatrics.
  • Have two letters of reference, with at least one completed by a licensed physical therapist.

Transfer Students

The Department of Physical Therapy at East Carolina University does not accept transfers of courses/credits from other DPT programs. Students who have completed coursework in another DPT program should apply through PTCAS as a new applicant.

In-State Residency

As per the ECU Graduate School, "Residency status for the purpose of determining tuition charges at a public institution of higher education in the state of North Carolina is governed by the North Carolina General Statutes." The Department of Physical Therapy is not able to make rulings on residency status. Please see information about residency status on the ECU Graduate School website:

Admission preference is given to North Carolina residents.


Required prerequisite courses:

  • General chemistry (I & II), 8 semester hours with lab (CHEM 1150,1151,1160,1161)
  • General physics (I & II), 8 semester hours with lab (PHYS 1250,1251,1260,1261)
  • Biology, 12 semester hours to include:
    • 8 hours of biology (I & II) plus 1 semester of human or mammalian physiology with lab
    • 4 hours of biology (BIOL 1100, 1101) plus 2 semesters of human physiology and anatomy with lab (BIOL 2140, 2141, 2150, 2151)
  • College algebra or higher
  • Statistics (Students must take the statistics course from the math, Psychology or Bio department at their institution. Exercise science and business statistics courses are not acceptable.)
  • Psychology, 6 semester hours to include general psychology

*AP course credit will count for prerequisite credit if it appears on a transcript, however the course will not be considered in the GPA calculation.

Prerequisite coursework should be taken through the respective departments unless prior agreement has been made with the Department of Physical Therapy.

For more information regarding prerequisite courses, please email