Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Requirements and Materials

I have questions on prerequisite requirements can you provide more information?

    Please see the Prerequisite profile for Allen College on PTCAS and visit our prerequisite requirements on the Allen College DPT website. Consult with your current academic advisor to ensure you are enrolled in courses for Pre PT/Pre-Medical Professional to meet the prerequisite requirements.

    Biology: Two courses with labs at the general or college level such as General Biology I and II are accepted or a General/College level course with the addition of an upper-level course such as Microbiology, Histology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Embryology etc. Movement science, exercise physiology or introductory courses for non-science majors will not be accepted.

    Anatomy and Physiology: A two course sequence with labs are required. Anatomy and Physiology or Anatomy Physiology I and II will be accepted. Coursework should be for Pre PT/Pre-Professional majors. Anatomy and Physiology for physical education majors will not be accepted.

    Chemistry: A two course sequence with labs at the general or college level such as General/College Chemistry I and II are accepted or a General/College level course with the addition of an upper-level course such as Biochemistry, Organic or Analytical Chemistry may be accepted. Introductory courses for non-science majors will not be accepted.

    Physics: A two course sequence with labs at the general or college level such as General/College Physics I and II are accepted or a General/College level course with the addition of an upper level may be accepted. Physics coursework must be at the Algebra or calculus level. Introductory physics for non-science majors will not be accepted.

    Psychology: A three credit course in psychology is required. Course examples may include General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, or Human Behavior.

    Statistics: A three credit statistics course is required. Statistics courses may come from different departments such as Psychology, Biology, or Mathematics

I have questions about my application and or prerequisites. Who can I contact?

    Contact or (319) 226-2014.

    If you have questions about a course meeting prerequisite criterion please email with the course name, number, institution, year completed, and a copy of the syllabus. The Allen College admissions team may provide assistance and recommendations, but applicants are responsible to complete the appropriate prerequisites for admission. Guidance from the admissions office on prerequisites does not always guarantee the student will meet all prerequisites and be admitted into the program.

May I apply to the DPT program if all prerequisites are not complete?

    Yes, students can apply before all prerequisites are completed. We recommend that no more than three prerequisites are outstanding at the time of application. Students may retake prerequisite courses no more than two times. It is recommended courses have been taken in the last 10 years but not required.

Where do I apply to the Allen College DPT program?

Is there a minimum GRE score required?

    No, GRE scores are evaluated along with overall academic records for each applicant. However, higher GRE percentile ranks are more competitive. Students may retake and submit more than one GRE report, scores do not expire. Applicants submit official GRE scores through PTCAS using the code 2960 for Allen College. All GRE scores must be submitted by the application window deadlines for consideration.

Is there an interview for students who apply to the program?

    No, an interview is not required for admission consideration.

Are observation experiences required to be admitted in the program?

    Due to COVID-19 observation experiences are not required for the spring 2023 cohort. In the future, observation experiences will most likely be a requirement.  Students are encouraged to observe a physical therapist prior to applying.

How competitive is the program?

    As a new and developing program, data is not available to provide average GPA or GRE scores for students admitted to Allen College. Students must meet the minimum admission requirements for consideration. Earning a 3.5 GPA as well as verbal and quantitative GRE scores of 150 are common for accepted DPT students. However, scores will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Allen College Admission Statement:

    The Allen College DPT Admissions Committee reviews many applications each admission cycle and although a record of academic performance is considered for acceptance, it does not guarantee admission into the program. The committee also considers key non-academic factors including but limited to writing ability, communication skills, community/professional involvement, and professionalism. Evidence of strong non-academic factors are demonstrated through the applicant’s application such as the essay, letters of reference, and student accomplishments and experiences. This review process allows the committee to select students who not only have a strong academic record but consider those who also demonstrate the potential to become competent, caring individuals committed to their patients, community, and profession.

When is the application deadline?

    The program has two application windows for the class starting January 9, 2023:

    1. February 1, 2022 - May 16, 2022

    2. June 15, 2022 - October 1, 2022

    Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Applicants who apply early may be given priority over those in the later cycle. All application materials must be received by the deadline of each cycle for consideration (Official transcripts, GRE scores, two references, and $50 application fee to Allen College). Those who apply in the first cycle but do not submit all application requirements by the deadline will be reviewed in the next cycle.

What is the cost of the program?

    The estimated cost of the program is outlined on the Allen College Website. It is an estimate due to individual costs for travel and associated costs of lodging. The program is making efforts to provide preferred pricing at hotels in Waterloo, IA during lab immersions. 

After application submission, how soon will I receive an admission decision?

    Applications are reviewed two times throughout the year. After the first application window closes May 16, 2022 all applicants who have submitted all admission materials and meet minimum admission criteria will be evaluated. Admissions responses typically require six to eight weeks. The time frame varies depending on the volume of applicants. Applicants who apply in the second application window will be evaluated and admission responses typically require six to weeks from the deadline.

    It is in the student's best interest to apply early and ensure all application materials are received by the deadline of the application window.

Lab and Clinical Education

How often are immersion labs scheduled?

    Immersion labs are required, intensive, focused face to face interactions improving skills and knowledge on a specific topic. The immersion labs are highly organized and structured to maximize faculty and student time to learn and improve skill acquisition. Immersion labs are typically scheduled twice per term for eight days. During the first semester, students will travel to Saint Louis for the Anatomy immersion labs three times in addition to two immersion labs in Waterloo Iowa. However, no travel to Waterloo, IA will be required for two semesters. There are roughly 90 days of immersion labs throughout the three-year program. Students are responsible for travel, housing, and food expenses, and any costs associated with emergency or other health care.

Will I be able to work while I am in the program?

    The DPT program is a rigorous, full-time program. Generally, faculty recommend students do not work to ensure success. Students must be available for immersive skills labs, online synchronous learning sessions, and all clinical education experiences. If students are considering working, faculty recommend discussing this with their faculty advisor.

Can I work during my clinical rotations?

    It is unlikely a student can meet the clinical expectations and work. Rotations are 40+ hours per week, requiring attendance each clinical working day. Students are not allowed to schedule clinical rotations around a work schedule.


Is the Allen College DPT program accredited?

    Allen College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation and students are allowed to enroll in the program.  However, achieving Candidate for Accreditation does not assure initial accreditation will be granted.

Please read the following on accreditation:

Accreditation and Status:

    Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: (703) 706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

    Effective November 3, 2020, the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Allen College has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: (703) 706-3245; email: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (319) 226-2024 or email


    Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

When will Allen College be notified if Candidacy is achieved?

    Allen College has been notified that Candidate for Accreditation has been granted on 11/3/2020.

Program Structure

What are the minimum technology requirements for the DPT Program?

What is the structure of the DPT program?

    The program is a blended model including online learning and onsite lab immersions. Asynchronous learning occurs when students listen or view short lectures, view demonstrates, read articles or textbooks, and provide peer feedback. Synchronous activities occur when students meet online to discuss lectures, patient cases, and other activities as a whole class or small group. Asynchronous learning allows students to familiarize themselves with specific content, synchronous learning allows students to synthesize the content, and lab immersions allow students to apply knowledge.

What is a Blended or Hybrid format program?

    A blended or hybrid program combines online and onsite learning activities, taking advantage of distance/online education with best practices in onsite interactions. Necessary computer skills and technology requirements are outlined on the website:

What is clinical education?

    During clinical education students work alongside licensed physical therapists in a variety of settings to gain experience applying knowledge and skills with patients. Students complete four clinical experiences totaling 32 weeks throughout the program. Students are responsible for travel, housing expenses, and additional emergency or needed healthcare during clinical education experiences.

May I do my clinical rotations where I live?

    The Director of Clinical Education develops clinical partnerships with facilities all over the country. The top priority is securing placements which allows students to gain practical experience caring for patients across the lifespan and with diagnoses representative of those typically seen in physical therapy practice, in settings across the continuum of care. Placement at a site is dependent upon multiple factors including which sites are available for a specified experience along with the patient populations or settings the student needs to create a well-rounded clinical education before graduation. Students have the opportunity to review available clinical sites and submit a list of preferences. This "wish list" is considered in the placement process. Assignments may require relocation for the duration of the experience and may involve additional costs. Students should not assume that appropriate clinical sites are available in their geographic area of residence. Likewise, students are not allowed to negotiate or find their own clinical sites at any time.  Allen College observes restrictions on placements at sites which may pose a conflict of interest.

How long is the program?

    The curriculum is nine semesters, including three summer sessions, and is completed in under three years. The length of the program and the hybrid model provides the best experience to learn without becoming overwhelmed.

Do I need to move to Waterloo to complete the program?

    No, students can live wherever they desire, traveling to Saint Louis, MO for the Human Anatomy lab immersion sessions and to Waterloo, IA for the onsite skills labs. All labs are required.

Where does Human Anatomy take place?

Will there be mandatory online classes I must attend?

    Students have access to recorded lectures, videos, and reading content online, accessible at student's convenience. Students may access digital content as often as they desire. There may be occasions that synchronous sessions take place during the week at the discretion of the instructor. Students may also be assigned group projects requiring meetings in addition to regular course assignments.

Contact Information

Where can I learn more about the physical therapy program at Allen College?

  • Visit the Allen College directory page on PTCAS
  • For questions regarding admissions please contact or (319) 226-2014.

Where do I send my official transcripts?

    Electronic official transcripts are often sent through a third party. Request official GRE scores be sent to PTCAS designating the code 2960 for Allen College.