For more information about becoming a physical therapist and preparing for PT school, see the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) website.
As you plan your college curriculum, consult individual school websites and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) PT Programs Directory to get information about specific schools and to confirm prerequisites needed for application to programs of interest. Most schools have strict requirements for PT observation or work experience ranging from 20-200 hours.
Admission to physical therapy school requires a strong scientific background. For the recent admissions cycle, the mean cumulative GPA for accepted applicants at PT schools was ~ 3.6 (mean combined science/math GPA 3.43). The GRE is required by many schools. This exam has three sections: Verbal Reasoning; Quantitative Reasoning; Analytical Writing. The centralized application service, PTCAS, opens ~ July 5th for admission the following summer. Fee waivers are available for eligible candidates to offset the cost of application.
The table below provides a general overview of the courses recommended for UVM students considering application to physical therapy school:
|SUBJECT AREA||UVM COURSES THAT FULFILL REQUIREMENTS / RECOMMENDATIONS IN PREPARATION FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAMS (DPT)|
A minimum of two semesters with lab, satisfied by:
NOTE: BIOL 003 is NOT appropriate for pre-PT students. If this course is in the degree plan for your major, consult your advisor PRIOR to the semester to substitute one of the sequences above)
Additional Biology Requirements & Recommendations
Note: Some schools have strict requirements about the laboratory component of A&P and may not accept the hybrid UVM course that has online lab. Check individual websites. UVM’s program accepts ANPS 019&020.
2 semesters of General Chemistry with lab, satisfied by:
Note: CHEM 026 is NOT appropriate for pre-PT students. If this course is in your degree plan for your major, consult your advisor to substitute CHEM 031
Two semesters of Physics with lab, satisfied by:
|Statistics & Math||
One semester of Statistics required by all, satisfied by:
A few schools require one semester of college math. See individual websites
English/Composition is required by 20% schools (ranging from 1 – 3 courses). UVM’s DPT program does not have a specific English requirement
1 -2 semesters of Psychology are required by all schools, satisfied by:
Note: Some schools require a course in human growth & development across the lifespan which may be satisfied by:
|Other Required Courses||
Some schools (though not UVM) have additional requirements. See individual websites
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