Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Pre-Physical Therapy

  • 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.

    Program Requirements:

    Any bachelor's degree must include the following courses:


    The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford does have a special arrangement with the University of Pittsburgh that is called the Freshman Guarantee. If you meet certain criteria, you will be automatically accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Pittsburgh.

    In addition to earning a bachelor's degree and completing the required courses above, the following are other common admissions requirements into Doctoral of Physical Therapy programs:


                    *Earn a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 and a 3.0 GPA in prerequisite courses. 

                    *Complete the GRE examination. Minimum scores required are 50th percentile or higher in all sections.  

                   (Scores have changed. No longer based on 1500. Scores range from 130-170 on Verbal and Quantitative reasoning) 

                    *Physical therapy experience (volunteer/shadowing) Many graduate programs require a minimum of 50 hours. 


    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.