Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Physical Therapy

Meet With Your Counselor

Your counselor is there to guide and advise you on classes and how to best prepare for Grad school applications. Meeting regularly with your counselor will give you a higher chance of achieving your goal.



Doug Watson

Pre-Health Counselor

Pre-Dental, Pre-Physical Therapy (PT)


Doug Watson

Academic Requirements

It is important for you to research specific requirements for each school you are interested in applying to. It is advised that you avoid online pre-requisite classes.

Most schools will require:

  • Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

Admission Test

The GRE is administered via a computer based format on a year-round, first-come, first served basis. Plan to register for the GRE early and take it at least 6 weeks prior to your earliest application deadline. The GRE measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing.

Letters of Recommendation

Excellent letters of recommendation are an essential part of your application. The best letters come from people who have spent time with you and have gotten to know you well. The number and type of letters vary from one medical school to the next.

You should ask individuals who can objectively assess things such as: Academic Ability, Maturity, Team Work, Compassion, Leadership, and Communication skills. You should avoid asking family members, clergy/bishops, and lab instructors. If you do not think someone will write you a strong letter of recommendation, do no ask them for one. A bad letter can kill your application even if the rest are stellar.

Person writing


Extracurricular activities help PT programs evaluate your potential as a clinician and professional. They can help you stand out as an applicant and demonstrate your motivation for pursuing a career in healthcare. Consider planning out your extra-curricular activities by semester, just like your prerequisite courses. Starting early helps avoid stress associated with cramming everything into the last few semesters prior to the application.

Activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Shadowing
  • Volunteering
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • PT Experience
  • Research

Personal Statement

A personal statement is a written description of one's achievements, interests, etc. included as part of an application. In other words, this is a statement that tells the committee what they don't know from the other information like GPA, Pre-Reqs, Shadow/Volunteer experience, research, etc. Give the committee a glimpse of you that they won't find anywhere else. Once you've completed your personal statement, have someone else read through it with a committee members eyes and honestly ask the question: "Would I want to interview you?

Many students underestimate the power of a personal statement. It should not be written quickly or without planning, you should expect to write multiple drafts. Be sure to regularly meet with your pre-health advisor to help you revise and beautify your statement. Keep in mind that our advisors have read many personal statements and have valuable feedback. Although you are not required to act on their advice it is strongly encouraged that you take it into consideration.


The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) is a service of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). PTCAS allows applicants to use a single application and one set of materials to apply to multiple DPT programs. The Average successful applicant applies to 5-7 programs.


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