Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Program Designation: Pre-Professional

    Program Contact:

    Dr. Mark Kelley

    Academic Division: Biological and Health Sciences

    Program Description:

    Our Pre-Physical Therapy program prepares students to apply to Doctoral of Physical Therapy programs. Physical Therapists examine patients and develop a plan of care that promotes movement, reduces pain, restores function and prevents disability. Students major in Exercise Science or Biology while taking other prerequisites required for admission into DPT programs. In 2015, Physical Therapists were ranked #6 overall and #5 in health care jobs. ranked physical therapy directors as #23 of the 100 “Best Jobs in America” in 2015. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Physical Therapists is expected to by grow 36 percent from 2014-2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. 

    What you can do with a degree in Pre-Physical Therapy.

    Transfer Program Requirements

    Any bachelor’s degree must include the following courses:




    In addition to earning a bachelor’s degree and completing the required courses listed above, the student must earn a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 and a 3.0 GPA in the prerequisite courses; score 1000 or better on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal and Quantitative sections (a minimum of 500 on each) and a minimum score of 3.5 on the Analytical section; and have physical therapy experience in more than one setting. (Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission may be admitted provisionally if strong supporting evidence of their ability to complete a graduate program is provided.)

    The University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences offers a freshman guarantee to the physical therapy doctoral program.

    Pitt Freshman Guarantee:

    Students must apply for this guarantee the very first time they register as freshmen at Pitt-Bradford by specifying physical therapy, and then the Office of Enrollment Services will automatically review for granting of the guarantee. If all physical therapy admissions criteria are met, students are automatically accepted into the doctoral program and will not have to compete for admission, but they will have to apply for admission during the senior year of their undergraduate program.

    University of Pittsburgh Freshman Guarantee in Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences:

    • Indicate PREPT Pre-physical therapy on the admissions application and/or on first registration as freshman at Pitt-Bradford,
    • Minimum SAT score of 1350,
    • Complete an undergraduate degree at Pitt-Bradford with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher, as well as a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the prerequisite courses,
    • Achieve a combined score of 1000 or greater on the Verbal and Quantitative sections and a minimum score of 3.5 on the Analytical section of the GRE,
    • Demonstrate evidence of adequate exposure to the field of physical therapy.

    Check with the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences for its most current requirements for the Freshman Guarantee (

    Please be advised

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.