This program is designed for highly qualified students attending James Madison University wishing to enter ODU’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program. Students who qualify with the requirements of this agreement will be guaranteed a position in the DPT Program at ODU to the class following completion of a baccalaureate degree.

  1. Have completed all prerequisite science courses at JMU -- Advanced Placement courses from high school that are accepted by JMU will also be accepted as prerequisites -- earn a minimum grade of B in science courses with a cumulative science GPA of 3.5 or above. Prerequisite courses include 8 credits of biology with lab, 8 credits of anatomy and physiology with lab, 8 credits of physics with lab, and 8 credits of chemistry with lab, general psychology, and statistics.

  2. Planned graduation from JMU with a baccalaureate degree and a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  3. Completed the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) with scores of at least 150 each for verbal and quantitative sections, and a writing score of at least 4.
  4. Submit 3 letters of recommendation, with at least one from a physical therapist, and one from the pre-PT advisor or advisory committee.
  5. Completed 80 hours of volunteer time in a physical therapy setting. These hours must be completed in two (2) or more different types of PT settings. At least twenty (20) hours must be in one or more of the following settings; acute care (hospital), rehab (transitional or day rehab), short or long term (nursing homes or assisted living), pediatrics, wound care specialty care centers, or home health. Volunteer hours must be under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
  6. Essay question #1: “Why are you interested in the DPT program at Old Dominion University?” (limited to 750 words)
  7. Essay question #2: answer the essay question provided to your advisor from the ODU admission committee (limited to 4500 characters)

The ODU DPT Admissions committee reserves the right to withdraw guaranteed entry on the basis of applicant character in the case of conviction, violation of honor code, disciplinary action by the University, or negative references.

This agreement will be honored through June 2018.

**** JMU students interested in this Guaranteed Entry Program note:

  1. The application for this does *not* involve PTCAS.
  2. Information will need to be sent directly to ODU by September 15th.
  3. An application packet is available at the Pre-Professional Health Advising office.

Back to Top