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Physical Therapy Program

Admissions Requirements

  1. A minimum of 80 semester credits from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) such as the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, North Central Association, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 
  2. At least 9 semester credits must be completed at a 4-year college at the Junior or Senior level.***
  3. A minimum, cumulative undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  4. Graduate Records Examination (General G.R.E.) score report — Use Institutional Code 2534
  5. A minimum of 50 hours of clinical experience in a Physical Therapy setting — at least 25 hours of the volunteer/paid work in physical therapy must be in a Physical Therapy department in an acute care hospital setting (in-patient).
  6. Two Letters of recommendation — one from a college science professor and one from a physical therapist.
  7. Online courses are accepted for prerequisites, but we prefer a college laboratory setting (wet lab) for science courses that require labs.
  8. A letter grade of “C” or better in each of the following prerequisite courses:
Subject Credits
Anatomy & Physiology 1with labs or
Anatomy & Physiology 2 with labs*
4
Anatomy & Physiology 2 with labs** or
General Biology 1 with labs or
General Biology 2 with labs
4
General Chemistry 1 with labs and
General Chemistry 2 with labs
8
General Physics 1 with labs and
General Physics 2 with labs
8
General Psychology 3
Psychology Elective 3
Statistics 3
English 3
Three (3), Upper Division (junior/senior) courses *** 9

* You must complete at least 1 semester of Anatomy & Physiology

** The same Anatomy & Physiology course can only be counted once, either above or here

*** These courses must all be from the same area of study or the same discipline; e.g. Nine upper division credits from the Biology department, or the History department.

Note: Minimum grade of “B” preferred in all science prerequisite courses. Only science courses designed for science majors are acceptable.

All required sciences must be less than 10 years old for all applicants; we will no longer consider any required sciences that are greater than 10 years old.