Physical Therapist (DPT)


Physical therapists (PTs) are licensed health professionals who help patients reduce pain and help improve/restore mobility. PTs are often involved in rehabilitation, treatment and prevention in patients with illnesses, injuries or chronic conditions.

Suggested Major*:

Biology and/or Health and Human Performance

*Note: no particular major is required for this program. Recommendation is based on major courses in common with program requirements.

Required Courses**:

  • Anatomy & Physiology (2 semesters)
    • Recommended RMC courses: BIO321/322
  • Chemistry (2 semesters with lab)
    • Recommended RMC courses: CHEM101/102
  • Physics (2 semesters with lab)
    • Recommended RMC courses: PHS101/102 OR PHS201/202
  • Statistics (1 semester)
    • Recommended RMC courses: MAT210
  • Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Communications) (2 semesters)
    • Recommended RMC courses: SOC101, SOC225, PSY101, PSY205/206, PSY305

**Note: course requirements differ slightly by institution. Be sure to check the requirements of the schools you are interested in applying to.

Additional requirements:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 with no science prerequisite lower than a "C-"
  • GRE
  • Observation hours (minimum 80)
  • Letters of recommendation (at least one from a PT)
  • Computer literacy
  • Recommended additional courses: microbiology, neuroscience, biomechanics, medical terminology, and exercise physiology
  • Application materials: for help with the application process, consider enrolling in the Medical Careers Pipeline of courses and contacting Lisa Wallace ( our Director of Career Services. 

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