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Observation Hours:

Required observation hours: 45 hours total

  • Inpatient: minimum of 15 hours required (hospital, rehabilitation facility or skilled-nursing facility)
  • Outpatient: minimum of 15 hours required (PT clinic or outpatient hospital clinic)
  • Additional setting: minimum of 15 hours required (nursing facility, school, home health or specialty care PT clinic)



Obtain three (3) references, including one (1) from each of the following:

  • Licensed physical therapist
  • Science professor
  • Additional professor, health professional or recent employer or supervisor


Coursework Prerequisites

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation, although an application may be submitted prior to completing all prerequisite coursework. Only one (1) prerequisite science course may be in progress in the spring semester prior to matriculation. Courses completed with a C- or below are not acceptable. It is recommended that all science and math courses be completed within the last five (5) years.

The most competitive applicant will have completed the following courses at a four-year institution:

  • Human or Mammalian Anatomy with lab (upper-division preferred) - 4 semester hours
  • Human or Mammalian Physiology with lab (upper-division preferred) - 4 semester hours


  • Combined Human or Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology with labs (upper-division preferred) - 8 semester hours

  • Upper-Division science course in biology, chemistry or physics OR an exercise physiology or a biomechanics course - 3 semester hours (Upper-division cell biology, biochemistry, organic chemistry and exercise physiology are strongly recommended courses)

  • General or College Chemistry with lab - 8 semester hours (taken in sequence)
  • General or College Physics with lab (algebra or calculus-based) - 8 semester hours (taken in sequence)
  • Math (trigonometry or calculus preferred) - 3 semester hours
  • Psychology (abnormal and developmental psychology preferred) - 6 semester hours
  • Statistics (biostatistics, psychology or mathematics preferred) - 3 semester hours
  • Writing or English Composition - 3 semester hours