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Admission Requirements

Requirements to Apply for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Degree requirement:

A bachelor's degree must be completed before entrance into the program.

Prerequisite courses:

A minimum 3.0 GPA in the following courses:



2 semesters of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology with labs 4 credits each

Exercise Physiology*:

1 semester of Exercise Physiology with lab 3 credits


2 semesters of general Chemistry with corresponding labs

(General chemistry for science/health majors, not introduction to chemistry) 4 credits each


2 semesters of general Physics with corresponding labs

(General physics for science/health majors, not introduction to physics) 4 credits each


1 semester of Statistics


1 semester of Introduction to Psychology and

1 semester of Child Development or Adult Development or Human Growth and Development over the Life Span

Social Science:

Abnormal Psychology or Introduction to Sociology or Sociocultural Anthropology

Medical Terminology:

Medical Terminology

(This requirement can be waived by a statement from professor or employer noting competency in medical terminology)

* These prerequisite courses must have been completed in the past seven years

Look at the prerequisites courses you can take at your school:

Boise State University

Brigham Young University - Idaho

College of Southern Idaho

Idaho State University

North Idaho College

University of Idaho

College of Idaho

Utah State University

Graduate School Entrance Exam Requirements:

Students can take either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) to fulfill the requirement. International Students also must submit a TOEFL examination. Minimum required scores for acceptance are:

Graduate Record Examination

Minimum combined score of 295 with at least 148 in verbal.

A minimum analytical writing score of 4.0.

For more information about the GRE or to schedule a test, visit their website Idaho State University's code for the GRE is 4355.

Miller Analogies Test

Minimum score of 390.

For more information about the MAT or to schedule a test, visit their website


International students must complete the TOEFL examination with a total score of 550 (paper based text) or 213 (computer based test)

Written Essay:

Produce a well – written essay and submit it through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS) system.

Observation Hours:

Complete a minimum of 80 directly clinical care observation hours at two different physical therapy locations.

Letters of Reference:

Obtain 3 letters of reference at least one from a professor, instructor or academic advisor, and two from physical therapists that know you and have directly observed you.

NOTE: Upon Acceptance into the DPT Program

All Students must show evidence of required immunizations. The Immunizations Form must be completed with documented evidence of vaccinations. All Students must also carry health insurance. Proof of health insurance will be required upon acceptance into the program. Students will also have to submit to a criminal background check and be certified in Health Professional CPR.

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