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Our program requires a total of 44 hours of prerequisite coursework.  Specific courses are outlined below along with additional admission eligibility requirements specific to our program.  If you have additional questions regarding prerequisite coursework or admission eligibility requirements, please visit the FAQ section of our website.  After reviewing this page and the related sections of our web page, please contact the program coordinator at with any admissions questions.

Prerequisite Checklist

Prerequisite Coursework

There are twelve required prerequisite courses:   All twelve prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the program. 

  • Biology I & II
  • Human Anatomy / A&P I
  • Human Physiology/ A&P II
  • Chemistry I & II
  • Physics I & II (algebra/ trig based is acceptable.)
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • One additional 200 level (or above) Psychology course
  • All prerequisites must receive a grade of C or better.
  • Online courses are accepted
  • Please note that all science courses must be appropriate for majors in that discipline. While a course may transfer as an equivalent for the purposes of an undergraduate degree, undergraduate science courses that are designated as courses for non-majors are not accepted as prerequisites for entry into the DPT program. Please contact the department with questions regarding the appropriateness of courses if you have questions. You may also contact the department for equivalency information for specific four-year schools. We allow up to three repeats where we take the second grade. We count the first three repeats taken, regardless of the course. After that we take both grades in the GPA calculations. We do not count Ws as a repeat.  

Admission Eligibility Requirements 

In January 2020, APTA decided to eliminate early decision as an option for applicants and participating DPT education programs in PTCAS beginning with the 2020-2021 (next) admissions cycle. 

Applicants must have the following to apply:

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.2/4.0 
  • Minimum science prerequisite grade point average of 3.2/4.0
  • Nine of the twelve prerequisite courses are used to calculate the science prerequisite GPA. These nine courses are:
    • Biology I & II with lab (or a second, higher-level biology course; 8 semester hours total)
    • Chemistry I & II with lab (8 semester hours total)
    • Physics I & II with lab (8 semester hours total)
    • Human Anatomy / A&P I with lab (4 semester hours)
    • Human Physiology / A&P II with lab (4 semester hours)
    • Exercise Physiology (3 semester hours)

These courses should be appropriate for majors in that discipline.  A combined Anatomy & Physiology I and II with labs (8 hours total) is acceptable. Online courses are acceptable.

  • Completed six of the nine science prerequisites listed above. (Grades/ credit must be reflected on transcripts sent to PTCAS.) Any remaining prerequsites must be finished by the time classes start in August. 
  • Statistics and the two psychology prerequisites do not have to be completed at the time of application.
  • Competitive GRE General Test Scores no more than five years old. The three sections required are verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. Be sure to use the UTC PTCAS Code 0464. A minimum 3.0 analytical writing score is required. There is no minimum verbal and quantitative score required, but the score is weighed heavily as part of the admissions process. The analytical writing score is also factored into the admissions decision.  You are permitted to take the GRE multiple times; scores must be reported through PTCAS.
  • Two PTCAS references: one from a U.S. licensed physical therapist, and one from a professor in your major
  • PT observation hours.  Observation hours are requiredA minimum number of hours are not recommended or required.
  • Essential Functions - Physical therapy students must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodations, each of these essential functions in order to fully participate in our program (including clinical experiences) and successfully complete the requirements for a doctorate degree in physical therapy.  Applicants are asked to certify that they are able to complete each of these essential functions as a PT student with or without reasonable accommodations as part of the PTCAS application.

Essential Functions