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Biology-Chemistry - Physical Therapy

Preparing for a Career as a Physical Therapist

Physical Therapists are nationally certified and state-licensed movement professionals who improve the quality of a patients life through hands on care, wellness-oriented programs, and prescribed exercise. Physical Therapists also reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Currently, there is a high demand for Physical Therapists.

Most Pre-Physical Therapy students will enter the Clinical and Rehabilitation Science major at MU, which provides the typical Pre-Physical Therapy preparation. Nevertheless, the Biology-Chemistry major also covers the prerequisite coursework for Doctor of Physical Therapy programs.

  • Prerequisites
    Physical Therapist program admission typically requires the following minimum coursework: two semesters each of general chemistry and physics; one semester each of human anatomy, human physiology, statistics, and psychology; and two more semesters of biology (not botany or zoology). Always check on the specific requirements of schools to which you may eventually apply.
  • Course Sequences

  • Application Process
    PTCAS- The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service is the controlling organization that alllows PT applicants to use a single application to apply to multiple PT programs. Admission typically requires taking the GRE.
    After graduating, candidates must pass a state-administered national exam in order to practice physical therapy. Other requirements vary from state to state according to state regulations governing physical therapy. 

  • Physical Therapy Volunteer Experience 
    Most programs require applicants to have a minimum amount of volunteer or paid physical therapy experiences of working with patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Typically, applicants will also be required to have a licensed physical therapist sign off and verify those hours. The physical therapy program will determine specific settings and types of experiences required. For more information visit see the specific requirements of schools on the American Physical Therapy Association website.