Doctor of Physical Therapy Early Assurance Program


The Radford University Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Early Assurance program is designed to offer a select number of talented high school seniors admitted to undergraduate majors at Radford University a direct pathway towards admission into the Radford University DPT program. All interested high school seniors will need to complete the early assurance application, score above the minimal required SAT or ACT, complete an interview with faculty from the DPT program, and meet the program prerequisites (listed below) as they complete their undergraduate degree at Radford University. The Radford University DPT Early Assurance program offers significant time and cost savings to potential applicants as GRE scores and PTCAS application fees are waived

“The RUC DPT Early Assurance program is one of three in Virginia and the only public institution that offers qualified Radford University undergraduate students the option to reserve a spot as a freshman.”

                                4 years Undergrad + 3 years Graduate = DPT Degree

Why Early Assurance?  Why Commit as a Freshman?

  • Guaranteed graduate admission*
  • Save money and time
    • No GRE
    • No PTCAS application
    • No Pre-DPT graduate interview

*(if you continue to meet program requirements; see the "Keep Your Seat" information below.)


Radford University DPT Class of 2018

Meet Early Assurance Requirements: Reserve Your Seat

  • Undergraduate application.
  • Interview for the DPT Early Assurance Program.
  • 3.5 overall GPA* from high school.
  • ACT score of 27* (RU ACT Code 4422), OR
  • SAT-R 1280* composite score (March 2016 and beyond), OR
  • SAT-I 1800* composite score (before March 2016) (RU SAT Code 5565).

*=minimum score

  • 3.5 cumulative GPA by junior year.
  • 3.40 or higher GPA for the nine prerequisite courses by the end of the summer following the junior year
  • Only three of the prerequisite courses may be repeated.
  • Complete at least six of the nine prerequisite courses (34 credit hours) by the end of the summer following your junior year.
  • Up to two courses may be taken at other universities/colleges or if earned with “dual enrollment” credits.
  • Be a member of the RU Undergraduate Physical Therapy Club.
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of exposure to physical therapy through observation, volunteer work or employment by the end of the summer following your junior year.
  • NO GRE needed if admitted as a Freshman in the Early Assurance program.

Prerequisites (3.4 GPA or better)

Important Deadlines

·  Preferred application due dates by December each year with decisions by January

·  Rolling admissions thereafter with decisions by March each year

For more information, please contact Rebekah LaPlante (email:, Director of Freshman Recruitment




Click the image to the Right: for access to more information on the DPT Early Assurance Program