Physical Therapy Scholars Program

This competitive program, open to first-time college students, guarantees admission into the physical therapy (PT) doctoral program to a select group of well-qualified incoming first-year students. These students, chosen by the PT admissions committee, must meet stringent acceptance and continuation requirements. To be accepted into the program, a student must have

  • a score of 1100 or above on the SATs;
  • a minimum high school GPA of 3.3;
  • a minimum high school mathematics and science GPA of 3.3, or its equivalent;
  • three years of high school science (chemistry, biology, and physics preferred);
  • three years of high school mathematics;
  • four years of high school English; and
  • a completed essay for the Marymount University undergraduate admissions application.

To continue in the program, a student must

  • maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.5;
  • maintain a minimum science GPA of 3.5 (a science GPA is defined as the grades received in the prerequisite science courses);
  • demonstrate active involvement in the greater Marymount community;
  • complete 40 hours of observation or volunteer service work in a physical therapy clinical setting, verified by a physical therapist from the clinical setting (These hours may be completed at more than one clinical facility.);
  • obtain a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the student’s academic major;
  • maintain communication with PT department faculty liaison (i.e., respond to emails from the faculty liaison upon request); and
  • complete the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) online application by the established deadline.

Decisions regarding general undergraduate admission to the university and admission to the PT Scholars Program are made separately. Qualified applicants interested in the PT Scholars Program should contact the Office of Admissions for specific application instructions.