Physical Therapy Scholar’s 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 freshmen as well as a limited number of well-qualified transfer 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 SATs;  *Please note, given the current circumstances surrounding the pandemic, we will be test optional for Fall 2021.
  • a high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or above;
  • a high school mathematics and science GPA of 3.5 or above, or its equivalent;
  • 3 years of high school science (chemistry, biology, and physics preferred);
  • 3 years of high school mathematics;
  • 4 years of high school English; and
  • completed the essay portion of the Marymount University undergraduate admissions application.

To continue in the program, a student must

  • maintain an overall GPA of 3.5.
  • maintain a 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.
  • complete Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS) online application by the established deadline.

Decisions regarding general undergraduate admission to the University and admission to the PT Scholars Program are done separately.

Physical Therapy Scholars Program Application

Questions about the PT Scholars Program can be directed to the Office of Admissions, (800) 548-7638 or (703) 284-1500.