Type of program:

Entry-Level Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)


Length of program:

3 years full-time


Cohort Size:



Priority Application Deadline:

October 1

Application Criteria and Selection Factors:

In reviewing applications for interview selection and acceptance, we evaluate many factors that help us examine the qualities that you bring to our program.  Those factors include but are not limited to:

  • Academic background
  • Understanding of the role of the PT
  • Minimum of two letters of reference
    NOTE: Letters of reference can come from faculty in previous higher-ed experience, physical therapists, employers, etc.  Substitutions can be taken on a case by case basis.
  • Community service
  • Other life experiences and extracurricular activities
  • Submission of CASPer (situational judgement test)
  • Submit personal statement – the statement requirements are outlined on the ACHE DPT program page in PTCAS.
  • Applicant’s personal interview
    NOTE: To be considered for an interview, an applicant must meet all the admission requirements and the Technical Standards located on the ACHE PT Admissions website. If the application is found to meet the standards and mission of ACHE PT, an invitation may be extended to the applicant for an interview.

Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants must earn a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcript from each college/university previously attended must be submitted
  • All course prerequisites must have a grade of C or better. Grades of pass are acceptable.
  • Complete all the prerequisite courses:
    (all prerequisite science courses should be for science majors)
    • Biology with laboratory (8 credit hours)
    • Chemistry with laboratory (8 credit hours)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology with laboratory (8 credit hours)
    • Physics with laboratory (8 credit hours)
    • Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • Additional Recommended Courses: These courses are not required and will not play a role in applicant selection, but may contribute to a student’s success in physical therapy education.
    • Biomechanics
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Statistics
    • Medical Terminology

Effective November 3, 2020, the School of Physical Therapy at Arkansas Colleges of Health Education has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; phone: 703-706-3245; email: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 470-401-6010 or email

Candidate for Accreditation is an accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status does not assure that the program will be granted Initial Accreditation.

The Arkansas Colleges of Health Education is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) institution. Arkansas Colleges of Health Education admits students of any race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veterans’ status.