Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Plymouth State University offers a fully accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, making us the first public institution of higher education in New Hampshire to offer the DPT degree. Our program features early opportunities for clinical practice sustained throughout the program. This is aligned with the mission and vision of Plymouth State University, including our motto: Ut Prosim (That I may serve).

Students interested in learning more about the program should visit the Department of Physical Therapy website or register for an online information session.

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Dr. Barbara Crane at (603) 535-2897 or

DPT Accreditation

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Plymouth State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone 703-706-3245; email:; website: If you need to contact the program/institution directly please call 603-535-2890 or email

The DPT program is a 117 graduate credit program run in a cohort based model beginning in early June each year.

Curriculum Requirements

What is the accreditation status of Plymouth State's DPT Program

We are a fully accredited program through CAPTE

Can this program be completed as a FT or PT student?

This is a full-time year-round residential program

What is the annual cost for the DPT program?

 Costs fluctuate from year to year and differ slightly for NH residents         and non-residents.

What prerequisite courses will I need to apply?

Anatomy & Physiology I and II (8 credits), Chemistry I and II (8                  credits), Physics I and II (8 credits), Biology (4 credits), Statistics (3                  credits), Social/Behavioral Science (3 courses)

Can I retake prerequisite classes for a better grade?

You can retake courses to improve your science and overall GPA

What is the GPA requirement for admission?

We have a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 for both overall and science GPA

Are GRE scores required?

Typically, yes. This year (2020), we are waiving the requirement due to COVID related scheduling issues

Do you accept international students?

We do accept international students with the appropriate paperwork and English proficiency

Can I live on campus?

There is a limited amount of on-campus housing for graduate students, most opt to live off campus

Can I apply for NH residency?

The University System of New Hampshire rules stipulate that no one is eligible for in-state tuition unless she or he established that her or his residence in New Hampshire is for some purpose other than obtaining an education. More information can be found here.

How does the application/interview process work?

Once your application has been reviewed for eligibility, it is then scored by a faculty member. Depending on the score, well qualified applicants will be invited for an interview. If the interview goes well you may be offered admission. Offers of admission are not guaranteed if interviewed.

Can I visit campus for a tour?

At this time our campus is not open for visitors due to the on-going COVID situation.

How has the program adjusted to COVID?

We follow all campus protocols regarding PPE and have moved classes online or hybrid as needed.

The Department of Physical Therapy at Plymouth State University participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants applying to the entry-level physical therapist education program for the entering class which begins in June 2021 will apply online using the PTCAS application beginning fall 2020. To learn more about PTCAS, visit

    • Graduates will be: 
      1. Competent, autonomous and collaborative Doctors of Physical Therapy that are prepared to provide evidence guided, knowledge based physical therapy practice to positively impact people’s lives and transform society as agents of change in their communities.
      2. Prepared as health team leaders and advocates for innovation in the profession while being respectful, culturally sensitive and socially responsible.

“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships available for DPT students. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition for DPT students is assessed on a flat per semester rate. Click here for current rates.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Financial Aid webpages.


Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

Graduate Assistant positions

Graduate assistants are an important part of Plymouth State’s collaborative learning community. They work alongside faculty, staff, and students to help achieve the University’s goals, while gaining valuable experience as assistants, researchers, and teachers.

Graduate Assistant positions are available on a limited basis to highly qualified graduate students who’ve been fully accepted into a graduate program at Plymouth State. Applications for assistantships should be returned to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 1 for the upcoming year.

We would be happy to provide you with more information about our graduate programs – here are a few ways to learn more!

INQUIREComplete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.

VISIT We hold information sessions and campus visits throughout the year, or we can schedule an in-person advising appointment – come check out our beautiful campus in Plymouth, NH

EMAIL Have a quick question about our wide array of graduate programs and certificates? Send us an email at

CHATWe would be happy to chat with you – just submit a question to one of our admissions advisors.

Want an answer right away? Give us a call – the Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:30pm at 603-535-2237 or 800-FOR-GRAD.

Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are just graduating with your bachelor’s degree or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.

Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.

Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information

Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.

Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.