Degrees Vary from Master's to Doctorate
Help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain, through therapeutic exercise and functional training.
Master of Physical Therapy, M.P.T : Master of Science, M.S.
Doctor of Physical Therapy, D.P.T
LENGTH OF PROGRAM
Varies by school
Doctoral programs: 3-5 years, 96% of schools offer DPT programs
Schools may require human anatomy and physiology, statistics, psychology and/or other courses. Check directly with those schools and the American Physical Therapy Association
|1 Year of General Biology||Biology 101
Molecules, Genes and Cells
Evolution, Organisms & Ecology
|1 Year of General Chemistry||Chemistry 130
Structure & Properties of Inorganic Compounds w/ Lab
Thermodynamics, Equilibrium & Kinetics w/ Lab
|1 Year Physics||Physics 120
Principles of Physics I w/ Lab
Principles of Physics II w/ Lab
For admittance directly after DePauw: Prerequisite courses completed by the end of senior year; although, preference may be given to applicants who complete the required courses sooner. Apply the summer between junior and senior years.
- Available July 1
- Deadlines for applications vary by school from October through May.
- Schools not participating in PTCAS, apply directly to the school.
- Apply early! Do not wait until the application deadline.
Usually the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) revised General Test, but can vary by school.
The GRE has three sections: Verbal Reasoning (Score 130-170), Quantitative Reasoning (130-170), and Analytical Writing (Score 0-6). The test takes approximately 4 hours to complete and is offered year-round at computer based test centers. You can register online. Unofficial scores are give on test day, with official scores available in 10-15 days.
Free and low-cost preparation materials:
- Check with the Hubbard Center
- GRE scores
- Letters of recommendation
- PT-related experience, check with each school on the specific hours required
- Interpersonal, communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and leadership skills