MUSC Bulletin | College of Health Professions

Physical Therapy | Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, applicants must:

  1. 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.
  2. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Applicants should strive for GRE scores in the 50th percentile or above on each section. The verbal GRE score is more heavily weighted in the admissions process. 
  3. Submit a Volunteer/Work Evaluation Form.  A minimum of 40 hours of experience directly related to physical therapy is required.      
  4. Provide one reference using the appropriate form, from a professor or advisor familiar with your academic ability and accomplishments. 
  5. Submit a 1-2 page resume (Microsoft Word format) summarizing your education, employment history, activities, service, research, etc.
  6. Submit a signed Minimum Skills/Eligibility Requirements form for the Division of Physical Therapy.
  7. Complete all prerequisite courses. A minimum of 23 semester hours (36 quarter hours) of the prerequisite courses class="bodytext1" must be completed prior to application. A minimum average prerequisite GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is desirable. The prerequisite GPA receives additional consideration in the admissions process.


Prerequisite CoursesSemester System (hrs)Quarter system (hrs)
Chemistry with labs*812
Physics with labs*812
Biology (one course with a lab)710
Human Anatomy with  lab46
Human Physiology35
General Psychology35
Abnormal Psychology35

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 is 2 semester long courses or the equivalent to meet the pre-requisite requirement.
  • 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:October 2, 2013 3:46 PM
Last Comprehensive Review: Fall 2013

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