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General Prerequisites


Observation Hours:

Required observation hours: 45 hours total
Observation must be completed with a licensed physical therapist in the United States

  • Inpatient: minimum of 15 hours required
       (hospital, rehabilitation facility or skilled-nursing facility)
  • Outpatient: minimum of 15 hours required
       (PT clinic, outpatient hospital clinic, sports medicine)
  • 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 whom the applicant has observed working with patients in a PT setting AND who holds a current U.S. PT license
  • Science professor or course instructor from the student's major, from a basic science course, or from a course that meets an upper-division science prerequisite
  • Additional professor, health professional or recent employer or supervisor

Health Care Professional must be licensed as: MD, DO, RN (APN, MSN, BSN, DNP), PA-C, PT (BS, MS, MPT, DPT), or OT (BS, MS, MOT, DOT). We do not accept references from PTAs or OTAs. The reference from a Professor may be from the major, from a basic science course, or from a course that meets one of our upper-division science prerequisite courses. Reference from a Professor can be completed by an Instructor, Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. We do NOT accept references from guest lecturers, TAs or Gas. References from coaches, clergy, co-workers, family or friends are NOT accepted.

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. Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit is accepted only if a transcript reflects the credit earned.  

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

  • Option 1 of 2: Anatomy and Physiology -
    • Human or Mammalian Anatomy with lab (upper-division preferred) - 4 semester hours
    • Human or Mammalian Physiology with lab (upper-division preferred) - 4 semester hours
  • Option 2 of 2: Anatomy and Physiology -
    • Combined Human or Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology with labs (upper-division preferred) - 8 semester hours
  • Lab-based Chemistry - (survey or introduction to chemistry courses for non-science majors are NOT accepted) - 8 semester hours
  • Lab-based Physics - (algebra or calculus-based; survey or introduction to physics courses for non-science majors are NOT accepted) - 8 semester hours 
  • Math - (trigonometry or calculus preferred) - 3 semester hours
  • 2 Psychology courses(abnormal and developmental psychology preferred) - 6 semester hours total
  • Statistics - 3 semester hours
  • Writing or English Composition - 3 semester hours​

The following course must be completed at a four-year institution:

Option 1 of 2: Upper-Division Science

  • Upper-Division science course in the biology, chemistry or physics departments (300/3000+ level courses) - 3 semester hours 


• Option 2 of 2: Upper-Division Science​ - 

  • Upper-Division science course in a movement science department (only 300/3000+ level exercise physiology, science-based kinesiology, or biomechanics course are accepted) - 3 semester hours