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Admissions Requirements

The current cycle for Admissions for the Class of 2017 is now closed. Please check back for updates regarding Open Houses to be held in the Fall of 2014.

Applicants who are interested in applying for the next Admissions Cycle (Class of 2018) should check back to the website this summer for additional information.

  • Complete an application on PTCAS website.
  • There is a $50 supplemental application fee that can be paid by check. Please mail your $50 check, payable to Radford University, College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Lucas Hall-P.O. Box 6928, Radford, VA 24142, or you may pay online at the link listed below under supplemental application materials at the time you apply. Include your PTCAS ID number in the memo field.     
  • Minimum 40 hours of clinical experience (volunteer or work-related). If observation hours are not completed at the time of application, they must be submitted by March 15, 2014.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
    • At least one (1) must be from a Physical Therapist
    • At least one (1) must be from a Professor or instructor familiar with applicant's academic work.
    • The third can be from any source.

Supplemental Application Materials:   

Preferred Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores          

  • New Testing method:
    • Verbal - 157
    • Quantitative - 155
    • Analytical - 4.0
  • Old Testing Method:  
    • Verbal - 560
    • Quantitative - 700
    • Analytical - 4.0
  • Minimum Accepted GRE Scores (New Testing Method)
    • Verbal - 150
    • Quantitive - 146
    • Analytical - 3.5
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 (based on 4.0 scale) from an accredited 4 year institution.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (based on 4.0 scale) in math and sciences prerequisites as defined below:
    • Anatomy and Physiology (4 credit hours)
    • General Biology I and II with labs (8 credit hours)                       
    • Chemistry I and II with labs (8 credit hours)
    • Physics I and II with labs (8 credit hours)
    • Statistics or Biostatistics (3 credit hours)
  • Foreign applicants whose native language is not English must achieve an acceptable score on TOEFL examination and submit an approved credential report for coursework completed outside the United States.
    • Minimal acceptable TOEFL scores are:
      • Paper Based - 575
      • Internet Based - 88-89
      • Computer Based - 230     
  • Recommended Courses
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Biochemistry
    • Biomechanics
    • Kinesiology
    • Public Speaking
    • Technical Writing     
  • Personal interviews may be required; and no transfer credit will be allowed into the program due to step-lock sequencing.
  • Prior to initial enrollment, verification of required immunization and CPR certification, and completion of a criminal background check. Applicants are reminded that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s opportunities to attain state licensure and/or administration of certification exams. Further details will be provided by the department. Applicants seeking additional information are encouraged to review information on the following websites:

Steps for Applicants to be considered for Onside Interview:

  1. Have GRE scores sent to Radford University (ETS code 0373)
  2. Complete PTCAS application
  3. Complete RU Supplemental application and pay fee 


In-State Graduate Tuition and Fees

Out-of-State Tuition and Fees

Course Fees

Year One

  • AHPT 800 Anatomy- $500 Lab Fees
  • AHPT 816 Theory and Practice I -$75*
  • AHPT 826 Patient Management II - $75*
  • AHPT 826 Theory and Practice II - $75*

Year Two

  • AHPT 844 Neuromuscular Development and Control I- $140^
  • AHPT 860 Advanced Orthopedics - $140^

Year Three

  • AHPT 884 Pediatrics - $75*

*General Clinical Fee =$75
^Advanced Practice Fee=$140