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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 feel free to contact the department with any additional questions you may have. If you have questions regarding admissions, please contact the program coordinator at

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
  • Human Physiology
  • Chemistry I & II
  • Physics I & II
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • One additional 200 level (or above) Psychology course
  • All prerequisites must receive a grade of C or better.
  • 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.

Admission Eligibility Requirements 

Applicants must have the following to apply:

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.2/4.0 ; 3.4/4.0 for early decision candidates
  • Minimum science prerequisite grade point average of 3.2/4.0 ; 3.4/4.0 for early decision candidates.  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)
    • Chemistry I & II with lab (8 semester hours)
    • Physics I & II with lab (8 semester hours)
    • Human Anatomy with lab (4 semester hours)
    • Human Physiology 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.

  • Completed six of the nine science prerequisites listed above. (Grades/ credit must be reflected on transcripts sent to PTCAS)
  • 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 for regular decision applicants. There is no minimum verbal and quantitative score required, but the score is weighed heavily as part of the admissions process. Early decision requires a minimum 3.5 analytical writing score. 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, including one from a U.S. licensed physical therapist.
  • 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