Post-baccalaureate degree: DPT
Physical therapists (PTs) are evidence-based healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. They offer cost-effective treatment that improves mobility and relieves pain, reduces the need for surgery and prescription drugs, and allows patients to participate in a recovery plan designed for their specific needs. In addition, physical therapist work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.
The following prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation in an physical therapy program:
- baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
- each program has its own prerequisites: check specific school for prerequisites details. Some schools will not accept AP credit for prerequisites.
- general course prerequisites:
- general biology with lab, one year
- general chemistry with lab, one year
- general physics with lab, one year
- English, one year
- statistics, one course
- behavioral science, one year
- human anatomy and physiology with lab
Most programs require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Azusa Pacific University
- California State University Fresno
- California State University Long Beach
- California State University Northridge
- California State University Sacramento
- California State University San Diego
- Chapman University
- Loma Linda University
- Mount St. Mary's College
- Samuel Merritt University
- University of California San Francisco
- University of Southern California
- University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
- University of the Pacific
- Western University of Health Sciences
We recommend that all pre-health students enroll in courses that meet the particular general education requirements to help develop a broad understanding of the health professions in relation to other disciplines of study. Review our General Education Recommendations [PDF] for additional information.