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Prerequisite Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Requirement: Must possess a baccalaureate degree or be in the final semester prior to receiving a degree
  • Requirement: Must complete all prerequisite courses with a prerequisite coursework GPA of ≥ 3.25
  • Requirement: Must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) including the analytical writing portion.
  • Requirement: GRE Quantitative score of ≥ 148 and GRE Analytical Writing score must be ≥ 3.5
  • Requirement: Must complete a minimum of 100 volunteer observation hours in a physical therapy clinic. It is recommended that the applicant complete these hours in a variety of clinical practice settings and military PT practice or Veteran's affairs PT experience is recommended.
  • Requirement: Must receive 3 letters of reference with at least 1 from a PT and 1 from a professor of your choice. Please see PTCAS for further details.
  • Requirement: Must NOT be a graduate of a entry-level physical therapy program (U.S. or foreign), regardless of the level of degree conferred. Note: this requirement does not restrict PRE-physical therapy degrees, nor PTAs from applying--only graduates of entry-level PT programs of any degree level.
  • Recommendation: GRE Verbal of ≥ 152
  • Recommendation: Cumulative undergraduate GPA of ≥ 3.25
  • The prerequisites below are in 4 critical areas (biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, statistics). Note: No more than TWO prerequisite courses may be remaining to complete at the time of the selection board and prerequisite courses cannot be >10 years old.

  • Military Requirements

    • Must Be a United States citizen. Prior or current service in the US military is not an eligibility requirement for application to the program.
    • Must meet the medical fitness standards for direct commission appointment as a Reserve commissioned officer as prescribed by the Department of the Army, Navy, or Air Force.
    • Must complete a background check with a US Army recruiter
    • Must be less than 42.5 years of age on the date of appointment. Waivers are required for those over age 40.
    • Must not have greater than 7 years of active commissioned service in the US military prior to the date of appointment.
    • USMA cadets are not recommended to apply until after they graduate, are commissioned, and receive a letter of conditional release.

    Prerequisite Courses

    Biological Sciences (3 courses)

    Anatomy with Lab (3 or 4 credit hours)
    Acceptable courses include: Human Anatomy, Vertebrate Anatomy, Comparative Anatomy, Anatomy and Physiology 1(as a combined course). Online lab courses are not acceptable.

    Physiology (3 or 4 credit hours)
    Acceptable courses include: Human Physiology, Vertebrate Physiology, Anatomy and Physiology II (as a combined course) or Mammalian Physiology. Exercise Physiology does not count for this prerequisite and online courses to fulfill this prerequisite are not acceptable.

    Biology with Lab (3 or 4 credit hours)
    Acceptable courses include: General Biology, Zoology, Microbiology, Exercise Physiology, and Histology.
    Courses such as Botany, Forestry, Ecology or Kinesiology do not count. Online lab courses are not acceptable.

    Physical Sciences (4 courses)

    Chemistry with Lab (8 credit hours or 2 courses)
    Acceptable courses include: General Chemistry 1 and 2, Organic or Inorganic Chemistry. Basic Chemistry does not count for this prerequisite. Lab and lecture combined or separate courses are acceptable Online lab courses are not acceptable.

    Physics with Lab (8 credit hours or 2 courses)
    Acceptable courses include: General Physics 1 and 2, Mechanical Physics, College Physics 1 and 2. Basic Physics does not count for this prerequisite Lab and lecture combined or separate courses are acceptable Online lab courses are not acceptable

    Social Sciences (3 courses)

    Psychology (6 credit hours or 2 courses)
    Acceptable courses include: General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, or Sport Psychology. Online courses to fulfill this prerequisite are acceptable.

    Additional Social Science (3 credit hours)
    Acceptable courses include: Sociology, Intro to Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Ethics, Social/Behavioral Science, and Community Health. Online courses to fulfill this prerequisite are acceptable.

    Additional Prerequisite (1 course)

    Statistics (3 credit hours)
    Acceptable courses include: Biostatistics, Educational Statistics, Math: Statistics, Psychology: Statistics, Introduction to Statistics. Online courses to fulfill this prerequisite are acceptable.

    Computation of the Cumulative GPA:

    All undergraduate coursework is included in the calculation of the cumulative undergraduate GPA. Please see http://www.ptcas.org/GPA/ for information on PTCAS GPA calculations. 

    Computation of the Prerequisite Course GPA:

     ALL prerequisite courses must have been completed within 10 years of the start of the first class day for which the applicant is competing (Semester 1).

    Advanced Placement exams are accepted to fulfill prerequisites.

    CLEP exams can fulfil prerequisite courses which do not have a laboratory component. Laboratory courses must be taken in person, not as an online course. 

    Non-credit military training cannot be substituted for prerequisite coursework.

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