Physical therapy is a 3 year program past the BS degree. Admission is extremely competitive, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher required as a minimum. Most programs are now doctoral level (DPT).
Learn more about Lynchburg College’s DPT program.
Required Prerequisite Courses
Since many programs have different, yet definite pre-requisites, it is advised that a student investigate several PT Schools of choice and obtain the prerequisites of the schools prior to application.
Most programs prefer a strong background in liberal arts and general education courses.
|Most Programs||Several Programs||Some Programs|
|PSYC 103-104, 105L-106L||Medical Terminology||Sociology|
|PSYC 241||ENGL 111-112||Languages|
|BIOL 111, 112, 111L, 112L||Computer Sciences||ENGL 343|
|CHEM 111, 112||MATH 102|
|BIOL 222-223, 222L-223L||Philosophy/Ethics|
Other Admission Requirements
Most programs do an initial screening of all applicants. The important components of the screening include:
- All prerequisites are fulfilled.
- Work experience in the field in internship hours or volunteer work.
It is also suggested that students look for a variety of settings to fulfill the voluntary/internship work experience hours (acute care, orthopedics, geriatrics, etc.)
Admissions Standardized Test: GRE
The average scores of admitted students are 580 quantitative, 490 verbal, and 580 analytical.
GPA: 3.0-3.2 required as a minimum for many schools. Obviously, the higher the GPA, the better the chance for success in the initial screens.