MUSC Bulletin | College of Health Professions
Physical Therapy | Admission Requirements
To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, applicants must:
- Have a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited college or university by the time of matriculation. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required for consideration.
- Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Applicants should strive for GRE scores in the 60th percentile or above on each section.
- Provide 2 references using the appropriate forms. One reference form should be completed by a professor or advisor familiar with your academic ability and accomplishments or by a recent employer if out of school for several years. A physical therapist supervisor must complete the second reference form. A minimum of 40 hours of physical therapy related experience is required.
- Submit a 1-2 page resume (Microsoft Word format) summarizing your education, employment history, activities, service, research, awards, leadership experience, etc.
- Submit a Log of Physical Therapy Related Experiences.
- Submit a signed Minimum Skills/Eligibility Requirements for the Division of Physical Therapy.
- Complete all prerequisite courses. A minimum of 23 semester hours (36 quarter hours) of the prerequisite courses must be completed prior to application.
|Prerequisite Courses||Semester System (hrs)||Quarter system (hrs)|
|Chemistry with labs*||8||12|
|Physics with labs*||8||12|
|Biology *(one course with a lab)||7||10|
|Human Anatomy with lab||4||6|
Basic science courses must be courses for science majors and are identified with an *.
Criteria to assist with prerequisite course selection:
- Biology: Prerequisite courses must be offered through the Department of Biology or a Basic Science Department. In addition to Biology I and Biology II, acceptable courses include genetics, cell biology, zoology, human biology and disease and similar courses.
- Human Anatomy: If only a 3 semester credit hour course is offered at your college or university, a comparative anatomy or a kinesiology course is required in addition to the human anatomy course to satisfy the prerequisite requirement. If Human Anatomy and Physiology are offered as a combined course with labs, the applicant must take 2 semester long courses or the equivalent to meet the pre-requisite requirement.
- Human Physiology: Exercise Physiology does not meet the requirement for this prerequisite.
- Abnormal Psychology: The abnormal psychology course must cover anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, sexual disorders, delusional disorder, substance abuse, somatoform and dissociative disorders.
- Introductory Statistics: This course should include parametric and nonparametric statistics.
|Last Published with Edits:||June 4, 2015 11:25 AM|
|Last Comprehensive Review:||June 2015|