Physical Therapy

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.

An interview process is required for final admission and will be offered only to the most qualified individuals. In order to be considered for admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at South College, the following admission and prerequisite courses must be met:

Program Admission Requirements

Students accepted into the DPT Program must meet the following criteria:

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 required prerequisite courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) and science GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

*  Grades below “C” in prerequisite courses will not be accepted.
*  If a required course is repeated, both grades are calculated into the cumulative GPA, but the credit hours assigned to the course may be counted only once in fulfilling the required number of hours.

3.  Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last 5 years.  The South College school code is 1310.

4.  Submission of two (2) letters of recommendation; one letter from a licensed physical therapist and one letter someone of the applicant's choice.

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

6.  Ability to fulfill the Technical Standards for Admission provided on the DPT website.


Prerequisite Courses

1.  General Biology with laboratory (12 quarter hours/8 semester hours);

2.  General 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.  Psychology (4 quarter hours/3 semester hours General Psychology; 4 quarter hours/3 semester hours Abnormal or Developmental Psychology); and

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

*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.

NOTE: Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.

South College is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program submitted an Application for Candidacy on June 1, 2014, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.


Updated: September 8, 2014