Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program | Briar Cliff University

Our clinical Doctor of Physical Therapy program will impact in Siouxland — and beyond — for years to come. Be a part of that change. 

Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

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Program Features

  • A progressive, clinical-based curriculum.  Designed with input from faculty and practicing expert clinicians across the country, our curriculum will prepare you to work with a variety of patients, from newborns to athletes to older adults.
  • Hands-on, service-learning experiences.  In collaboration with community partners, you'll work side-by-side with faculty and clinicians to provide services to underserved populations across Siouxland.

Information for Summer 2021 Program Entrance


Application Deadline
(all materials submitted to PTCAS and Briar Cliff)

December 1, 2020 (soft)
May 17, 2021 (firm)

Scheduled Interview Dates
(invitation only)

September 16, 2020
November 6, 2020
January 8, 2021
additional dates as needed

The admissions committee utilizes a rolling
admissions process and encourages applicants
  Selection for admissions interviews is competitive and based on the
applicant pool. 

GPA Requirements • Overall GPA: 3.0 (as calculated by PTCAS)
• Prerequisite GPA: 3.0 (as calculated by PTCAS)

GRE Requirements  • Verbal GRE score: 15% or higher
• Quantitative GRE score: 15% or higher
• Analytical writing score: 3.0 or higher
Oldest GRE scores considered July 1, 2016
Letters of Recommendation  3
PT observation hours  60 (200 recommended) *see note below
Application Fee  $35.00
Deposit amount for accepted applicants (nonrefundable)  $500.00

Updated: June 2020.

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*We realize that with the spread of the coronavirus, obtaining observation hours with a licensed physical therapist may have been curtailed due to changes among healthcare facilities. Students should submit all observation hours that were completed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Admissions Committee will be flexible with the required number of observation hours for each applicant. There is a question in the 2020-2021 PTCAS application, which allows applicants to expand on how they were personally or professionally affected by COVID-19. This question would allow applicants to discuss the impact that the virus had on their ability to observe physical therapy.  We do encourage all students to learn about the profession. The American Physical Therapy Association has some great information on their website to help facilitate this learning.


The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is the only accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to accredit entry-level physical therapist education programs. Graduation from a CAPTE accredited program is required for licensure to practice physical therapy in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Graduating from an accredited program is a required element for a student/graduate to be eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). Passing the NPTE is one of required elements to be licensed as a physical therapist in a specific state. Each state licensing authority has its own eligibility criteria for licensure. Links to individual state licensure authorities and their requirements for licensure may be found at

Graduation from the Program does not guarantee the ability to pass the NPTE, nor to gain licensure in a specific state. The Program validates a student’s graduation with the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and, when requested by a student/graduate, for a specific state licensure authority. It is a student’s/graduate’s responsibility to complete necessary steps and paperwork to sit for the NPTE and to apply for specific state licensure.


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The DPT program is housed in the new Briar Cliff University at Mayfair campus. Type your starting address below for driving directions:

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