Requirements for Admission


Prerequisite Course Requirements

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree is required prior to admission. The Required Prerequisites Course List is listed below. Note that a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on four point scale, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in prerequisite courses is required.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required, and while there is no minimum score required, the score will be considered in the competitive admissions process. International students must take the TOEFL examination. In addition, 50 clock hours of volunteer or paid experience in a physical therapy setting is required, and must be supervised by a licensed physical therapist.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelor degree from an accredited educational institution.
  • Completed application package for the Physical Therapy Program, submitted through PTCAS
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended (Please request transcripts sent to PTCAS.)
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Official Scores
  • Completion of 40-44 hours of required prerequisite courses
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for prerequisite courses
  • Fifty (50) clock hours of documented volunteer or paid work experience in a physical therapy setting under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.
  • One recommendation from a physical therapist who supervised your work or volunteer experience
  • Two recommendations from individuals concerning the attributes which qualify you for this program.
  • Completion of TOEFL (Required of International Students).

Prerequisite Course Requirements

Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree Program

  • 8 semester hours Biology with labs
  • 8 semester hours Chemistry with labs
  • 8 semester hours Physics with labs
  • 4 semester hours Physiology with a lab (upper division) OR 8 semester hours Physiology with labs (lower division)
  • 6 semester hours Psychology (should include at least one course covering life span OR Abnormal Psychology)
  • 3 semester hours Speech/Communication
  • 3 semester hours Statistics (should include ANOVA)

See prerequisite course examples. It is the student’s responsibility to determine if transfer courses are equivalent.

Essential Functions

Essential Functions Document

Pre-Requisite Course Examples

Semester Hours Subject UTEP Course Number
8 Biology Science Major Level w/ Lab BIOL 1305/ 1107 & either BIOL 1306/ 1108 or ZOOL 2406
4-8 Physiology w/ Lab BIOL 4388/ ZOOL 4181 or ZOOL 4380/4181 Or BIOL 2311-2111 AND 2313-2113
8 Chemistry Science Major level w/ Lab CHEM 1305/1105 & CHEM 1306/1106
Or CHEM 1407 & 1408
8 Physics Precalculus level w/Lab PHYS 1403 &
PHYS 1404
6 Psychology General & Developmental to include entire life span PSYC 1301 &
PSYC 2310 Or
PSYC 2312
3 Speech

*should include public speaking

COMM 1301 or COMM 1302
3 Statistics Should include ANOVA, prefer psychology or education based course PSYC 1303

STAT 2480