Admissions and Acceptance Policies

UPDATE: As a result of COVID-19, We are accepting a grade of “Pass” for up to 6 credits of the Sociology/Psychology pre-requisite requirements for courses taken during the Spring semester of 2020.


The Physical Therapy Admissions Committee recommends students to the School of Graduate Studies for admission.  Students must meet the following criteria to gain admission to the DPT Program:

1.  Bachelor’s degree from an institution of higher education accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States or the degree equivalent in another country is required.

2.  All applicants must successfully complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher. All prerequisite coursework must be completed at an accredited college/university in the United States or Canada.

CourseSemester Hours
Biology with Lab OR Zoology with Lab4
Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (or its equivalent)8
Physics  with Lab                                                   8
Chemistry with Lab8
Cell Biology with Lab OR Microbiology with Lab OR Histology with Lab
     Other upper level Biological Science Course may be considered
Psychology (General, Abnormal or Child)   A Sociology course may be substituted for one psychology course6

3.  An overall 3.0 grade point average in all course work attempted and 3.0 average in the science courses attempted that are a prerequisite to the program (including any courses taken during the spring and the summer preceding fall admission).

4. Graduate Record Examination – required.  School code is 3698 and department code is 0619. Each applicant’s score will be assessed individually.

5.  Demonstration of knowledge concerning the physical therapy profession by submitting documentation of first-hand observation and/or work experience related to the practice of physical therapy.  This experience must be substantiated in writing by a licensed physical therapist. It is required that the experiences be at two different types of clinical settings with a minimum of 25 hours in each.

6.  Submission of three (3) letters of recommendation addressing both the applicant’s moral character and potential as a physical therapist. See PTCAS for details.

7.  An interview with at least one member of the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee is required.

8.  Prerequisite science courses must be completed within 10 years of the expected matriculation year.  For example, if the student expects to begin the program in 2018, then the science prerequisite courses must have been completed after 2008.

Due to certain factors (ie: number of available clinical sites), the number of qualified students who can be accepted into the DPT Program is limited.  The Physical Therapy Admissions Committee will consider such criteria as overall GPA, mathematics and science GPA, GRE, prior experiences related to the practice of physical therapy, the personal interview, and the missions of the university and the program in making its decision for admission.


Upon acceptance to the DPT Program, the student will be notified and be given two weeks to return their statement of intent. If the student accepts the offer of admission:

1.  The student must return the signed statement of intent along with a non-refundable acceptance fee.  On admission, this acceptance fee will be credited toward tuition.
2.  The student must provide official transcripts from all schools attended to the School of Graduate Studies.

The provisions of this publication are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the applicant and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Following University established procedures, changes do occur from time to time in the general regulations and policies, academic requirements, deadlines, tuition, fees and availability of programs.  The University of Maryland Eastern Shore reserves the right to make such changes without prior notice.  At the time of this publication, every reasonable effort was made to attain factual accuracy in the material presented.  Additional information on policies, procedures, rules and regulations governing degree and non-degree programs may be found in the Graduate Catalog and by contacting the specific program or department or the Graduate Studies office.

Graduate students are subject to State, University System and Campus policies governing employees, students and visitors to the campus.  By their acceptance of admission and matriculation at UMES, students indicate their willingness to comply with University policies.  Refer to the section in the Graduate Catalog on “Institutional Policies Governing Students”, which identifies common policies which may be obtained.

UMES is an equal employment opportunity institution with respect to both education and employment.  The university’s policies, programs and activities conform to pertinent federal and state laws and regulations on nondiscrimination, regarding race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex and handicap.  For information, contact the Director, Human Resources Management Office, Bird Hall, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD  21853.


The UMES Department of Physical Therapy program will not accept transfer credits or grant admission with advanced standing.  All students, regardless of prior academic training, must apply through the same application process and start the program from the beginning.

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