Application Process

Application Process

Applications to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program are handled through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS), a service which allows you to use one web-based application to apply to multiple physical therapy programs.

Enrollment to Briar Cliff's DPT program is limited to a maximum of 32 students per year. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Application Checklist

1. Be sure you meet all program requirements and prerequisites.

2. Apply to the program using the PTCAS Web-Based Application. Your application must include:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  • Three references, at least one from a practicing physical therapist.
  • GRE scores, submitted directly from the testing service. Use GRE school code 1700.
  • Minimum 60 observation hours (recommended 200),in at least 2 different settings.

3. In addition to the PTCAS online application, you must pay a non-refundable, $35 application fee directly Briar Cliff University. Pay online, or mail a check payable to "Briar Cliff University" with "Physical Therapy Application Fee" on the memo line. PTCAS applications will not be reviewed until the application fee is received. 

4. Personal interviews are required in the admissions process. You will be notified via e-mail if you are selected for an interview.


Acceptance Checklist

If accepted into the program, you will be required to:

1. Submit a $500, nonrefundable deposit. Pay Online »

2. Complete a criminal background check. Read background check policy »

3. Complete all required immunizations. View required immunizations »

4. Prove active certification in CPR/AED.

5. Submit final transcripts showing graduation from accredited undergraduate institution & completion of all prerequisite courses. 



Contact the Department of Physical Therapy:

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Submitting Supplemental Materials

All supplemental materials must be submitted online or postmarked on or before the established deadline. E-mail or mail to:

Briar Cliff University
Dept of Physical Therapy
4280 Sergeant Road,
Suite 100
Sioux City, IA 51106

Important Dates

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