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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 60th percentile or above on each section.
  3. 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.      
  4. Submit a 1-2 page resume (Microsoft Word format) summarizing your education, employment history, activities, service, research, awards, leadership experience, etc.
  5. Submit a Log of Physical Therapy Related Experiences.
  6. Submit a signed Minimum Skills/Eligibility Requirements for the Division of Physical Therapy.
  7. Complete all prerequisite courses. A minimum of 23 semester hours (36 quarter hours) of the prerequisite courses must be completed prior to application.


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 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

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