What are the prerequisites for the physical therapy program?
Prior to matriculation, an applicant must have successfully completed the following
- General/introductory biology: two-course sequence for science majors (8 semester-hours
credit), must include labs; OR anatomy and physiology: two course sequence for science
majors (8 semester-hours credit), must include labs;
- Anatomy, physiology or biology course must include lab (4 semester-hour credits);
- General/introductory physics: two-course sequence for science majors (8 semester-hours
credit), must include labs (sequence should include content related to mechanics,
electricity, magnetism, and light);
- General/introductory chemistry: two-course sequence for science majors (8 semester-hours
credit), must include labs;
- Statistics or biostatistics: one course (3 semester-credit hours);
- Social or behavioral sciences: two courses (6 semester-credit hours); Acceptable courses
include psychology (any), sociology, anthropology and world religions.
Grades of D or F are not accepted. If courses are repeated, PCOM will take the highest
grade, not an average of all attempts. Prerequisite courses cannot be older than 7
If all prerequisite courses identified above and all coursework required for the baccalaureate
degree have not been completed, a document specifying when these requirements will
be met must be supplied. The document should provide specific information as to when
the courses will be completed. Note that the requirements for the baccalaureate and
all prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation. At least six of
the ten required prerequisite courses must be completed before an application will
What is the required GPA?
Applicants must obtain an overall grade point average of 3.0 and a prerequisite grade
point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (as calculated by PTCAS).
The average undergraduate GPA for applicants accepted to physical therapy programs
nationally during the 2018-19 admissions cycle was 3.57/4.00. The average unofficial
GRE percentile scores for the same admissions cycle ranged from 44.41 percent on the
Quantitative scale to 61 percent on the Analytical scale.