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Pre Physical Therapy (PHYT)


Department of Biology: Cannon

Department of Kinesiology: Karper, Schmitz

Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation: Bedini, Schleien, Stone

Six physical therapy programs are currently available in North Carolina. Duke University and Elon University offer the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). UNC Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, Western Carolina University, and Winston-Salem State University offer the Master’s in Physical Therapy degree (MPT)

Students seeking either a MPT or a DPT degree may major in any academic area but will be expected to complete a core of science courses. The minimum grade point average for admission is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Volunteer experience in physical therapy is required for admission.

Requirements for the MPT and DPT generally include these courses:

  • Statistics 108
  • Introductory Biology (BIO 111, 112)
  • Anatomy (BIO 271)
  • Physiology (BIO 277)
  • Physics 211, 212 or 291, 292
  • General Chemistry (CHE 111, 112 and 114, 115)
  • General Psychology (PSY 121)
  • Human Growth and Development (HDF 211 or PSY 250)
  • CPR Certification

Additional recommendations include computer literacy and course work in biomechanics, and genetics. Students should contact the programs directly to ensure that they meet current requirements for each school. A complete listing of accredited physical therapy programs is available from the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703/684-APTA.

Students should contact an advisor for assistance in planning their program of study.

This page was last updated on June 6, 2012.