Physical Therapy programs are graduate professional programs that award the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Many programs require a Bachelor's degree for admission into their Physical Therapy programs. Students who desire to apply to Physical Therapy programs should also consider physical therapy observation/volunteer time, as it is required by many of these programs for admission.
Courses for Physical Therapy Program Preparation
Doctor of Physical Therapy programs vary widely on the course requirements for admission. A variety of commonly required and recommended courses have been compiled for student reference. Provided the necessary required courses for admission are fulfilled, any Bachelor's program would be an acceptable choice. One choice that includes many of the required courses for admission to Doctor of Physical Therapy programs is the Bachelor of Science in Biology. To be certain that all required courses are completed in a timely fashion, a recommended schedule of courses has also been provided. Interested students should still consult the desired Doctor of Physical Therapy program(s) for specific course requirements. See our Physical Therapy Preparation Checklist.
Physical Therapy Program Admissions Test
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for admissions consideration to Doctor of Physical Therapy programs.
Application for Physical Therapy Program Admission
The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) is utilized by many Doctor of Physical Therapy programs throughout the nation for admissions application processing.