Prospective Students




So, you’re thinking about coming to Pitt?

Wait, let us guess. You must want to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from one of the best and most well-respected schools in the country (ranked #1 by US World and News Report). You also must have a strong desire to be integrated into one of the fastest growing health care professions (Top 50 Professions of 2012) with strong projected growth over the next 20 years. Maybe you’ve seen the leading research generated by Pitt and our world-renowned faculty. Maybe you’ve personally encountered the professional excellence of our alumni. Maybe you just need more information…

You’re in the right place!

This section of the site is for the Prospective Students- those who are considering applying or have been accepted and still have a few questions left unanswered. We’ve tried to anticipate questions regarding the application process, financial aid, housing and student life in Pittsburgh but if you have additional questions, please contact us at  We’d be happy to answer questions as best we can (from a student perspective).

What Sets Pitt Apart?

  • The most clinical internship time in the country. If you’re looking to immediately apply lessons and concepts learned in the classroom, there is no better place. We’re very fortunate to have many clinical affiliation sites in Pittsburgh working with the university to provide many different opportunities.
  • Emphasis on evidence-based practice. While this might be a foreign concept to you now, it won’t be once you start. Evidence guides our therapeutic techniques and clinical decision-making. The curriculum ensures we are applying proven techniques backed by solid evidence. Healthcare and insurance reimbursement is moving towards an evidence-based system, and Pittsburgh graduates will be a step ahead of the rest.
  • An environment of teamwork and support. The atmosphere at Pitt is cooperative and unified. Rather than be competitive against each other, we work together to help one another achieve our goals in the classroom. Of course, we all want to be great individual therapists, but there are things we can accomplish together that we could never accomplish alone.
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We can’t cover it all. More technical information regarding the school can be found at SHRS.PITT.EDU