Applicants that were impacted by COVID-19 during the 2020-21 admissions cycle should review the following information:
- Prerequisite courses: Lynchburg’s DPT Program will accept Pass/Fail grades for non-prerequisite courses taken during the 2020 Spring term. For prerequisite courses, Pass/Fail grades will only be accepted if the undergraduate institution required students to accept Pass/Fail grades. Note that a grade of “Fail” will result in a GPA/QPA of 0 (zero) for that course.
- Observation hours requirement: Applicants are required to have a minimum of 80 hours of observation under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Due to the pandemic-related closure of many clinics and subsequent lack of observation/volunteer opportunities, this minimum requirement may be waived on a case by case basis.
- GRE requirement: The GRE General Test now has an at-home testing option, therefore, the GRE deadline is still Feb. 1, 2021. However, if an applicant has any difficulties taking the GRE by Feb. 1, the applicant should describe those difficulties in their PTCAS application.
- Letters of recommendation: Two letters of reference are required for application to Lynchburg’s DPT program. One letter must be from a professor/instructor familiar with the applicant’s academic capability, and the second letter must be from a supervising licensed physical therapist. If the pandemic has limited an applicant’s ability to observe a physical therapist, an additional letter from a professor/instructor familiar with the applicant’s academic capability may be substituted.
Applicants impacted by any of the situations above should describe their circumstances on the COVID-19 section of the PTCAS application.
Please feel free to contact our Admissions Coordinator at email@example.com if you have any questions.