Physical Therapy

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

Admission Requirements and Prerequisites

The mission of South College School of Physical Therapy is to provide an innovative, career-focused education that develops Doctors of Physical Therapy who are highly skilled, mindful and empathetic care providers. They will be passionate lifelong learners who are servant leaders in their local community and highly engaged in their professional and broader health care communities. They will be equipped to deliver exemplary care in a multidisciplinary, team-oriented, and value-based healthcare environment.

Students applying to the DPT Program should have the requisite skills and demonstrated potential to navigate the academic rigors of an accelerated and hybrid model of DPT education. Students should be mature adult learners with the ability, initiative, and flexibility to learn and work independently and collectively in online, onsite, and clinical environments. Additionally, students should have a reasonable level of technology literacy prior to the start of classes. These demonstrable attributes prepare students for the demands of a challenging blended-learning curriculum and a dynamic profession.

In order to be considered for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at South College, the following criteria must be met:

Program Admission Requirements

1.  Complete a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to classes beginning.  Admission may be granted pending completion of the degree.

2.  Complete all required prerequisite courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) and prerequisite course GPA of 3.00 or greater on a 4.00 scale.

*Grades below “C-” in prerequisite courses will not be accepted.

*If a prerequisite course is repeated, the credit hours assigned to the course may be counted only once in fulfilling the required number of hours.  The prerequisite GPA will be determined using the highest course grade achieved; however, both grades will be calculated into the cumulative GPA.

*If cumulative GPA is less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, an applicant may still be eligible for admission if a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater has been achieved over the last 60 semester or 90 quarter hour credits of coursework.


3.  Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last 5 years.* The DPT program does not require a minimum GRE score; however, higher scores are better since the GRE is factored into applicant ranking. The last acceptable GRE test date for this admissions cycle is 1/31/2016.  The GRE must be completed within the last 5 years; therefore, the oldest GRE test date considered for this admissions cycle is 1/31/2011.*

*Exception: Applicants with a documented graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution may report earlier GRE scores. Transcripts of graduate education must also be provided.

4.  Submission of two (2) references; one from a licensed physical therapist and one from someone of the applicant's choice.  References cannot consist of family, friends, clergy, or politicians. 

5.  Completion of a minimum of fifty (50) hours of volunteer or work experience with a licensed physical therapist is recommended, but not required.

 6.  For all applicants for whom English is not their first language or those who have completed a degree and prerequisite courses in a foreign country, demonstration of English language proficiency is required through completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

7.  Successful completion of an admission interview.  Applicants are selected for interviews based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting materials.

8.  Ability to fulfill the Technical Standards for admission outlined on the DPT website.

9.  Complete an approved Criminal Background Check (CBC) prior to matriculation.

Prerequisite Courses*

1.  Biology with laboratory recommended, but not required (8 quarter hours/6 semester hours)

2.  Chemistry with laboratory (12 quarter hours/8 semester hours)

3.  General Physics with laboratory (12 quarter hours/8 semester hours)

4.  Human Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory (12 quarter hours/8 semester hours)**

5.  Statistics (4 quarter hours/3 semester hours)

6. Any Psychology (4 quarter hours/3 semester hours)

7.  Abnormal or Developmental Psychology; 4 quarter hours/3 semester hours)

8.  English Composition or Writing (4 quarter hours/3 semester hours)

* See Table: Accepted Courses for Program Prerequisites

**Applicants must complete Anatomy and Physiology courses within the last 5 years prior to application or demonstrate ongoing work experiences that have kept this knowledge current (e.g. physical therapist assistant, athletic trainer, etc.).  All remaining letter-graded prerequisite coursework is acceptable no matter when the coursework was completed. However, we strongly recommend that applicants take refresher courses as needed to fully prepare themselves for our accelerated DPT program.



Updated: 1/25/16






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