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Physical Therapy D.P.T. Admission

Admission into the physical therapy degree program will be limited to 28 students per year. Applicants interested in pursuing the degree must successfully pass through a two-stage process.

Admission Requirements

Physical Therapy applicants must pass through a two-stage admission process:

Note: All application materials and transcripts should be sent to PTCAS.

You will be assigned a Campus ID (CID) after you have submitted your application. A College of Graduate Studies Fee of $40 for domestic students or $50 for international students will be required to process the application.


Applicants may contact the D.P.T. program for a transcript review to determine whether a course meets the prerequisite requirement.

A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale must be earned on the prerequisites listed below. Last grade attained will be used for repeat prerequisite courses. Grades lower than “C” will not be accepted. Prerequisite courses older than 10 years will not be accepted.

Course Prerequisites
Discipline Credit Hours General Course ASU Course Number
Anatomy 4 Human Anatomy BIO 2323/2123 (includes lab)
Physiology 4 Human Physiology BIO 2324/2124 (includes lab)
Upper Level
Science course (with lab) *
4 General Physiology or Microbiology or Pathogenic Microbiology or Immunology or Histology or Developmental Biology BIO 4423 or BIO 3411 or BIO 3412 or BIO 3413 or BIO 3421 or BIO 4421
Chemistry 8 General Chemistry CHEM 1311/1111 and CHEM 1312/1112 (includes labs)
3-6 Algebra or better MATH 1314 (or 2313) (ie, calculus, etc)
Physics 8 General Physics PHYS 1301/1101 and PHYS 1302/1102 (includes labs)
Technical Writing** 2-3 Advanced Technical Writing ENG 3351
Psychology 6 General Psychology and Development Psychology or Abnormal or Behavioral Neuroscience

PSY 2301 and PSY 2304 or PSY 4305 or PSY 4313

Statistics 3-4 Statistics or Introduction to Biometry or Intermediate Statistics and Research Methods

MATH 3321 or BIOL 4480 or PSY 3321 or HSP 4337 or HSP 4338

Medical Terminology 1-3 Medical Terminology BIOL 2320, or HSP 2320, or, or other online courses accepted

Students may prepare for admission to the ASU Physical Therapy program by completing a U.S. baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from any undergraduate degree plan and include the prerequisite courses listed above. Majors in all fields are given equal consideration.

* 8 total hours in anatomy and physiology required and 4-hour upper-level science; prefer General Physiology, but other ASU courses listed accepted.

** Or evidence of intensive writing course or a score of 4.5 or better on the GRE Analytical Writing. Freshman and sophomore level composition courses are not accepted as substitute.

Application Deadlines

These deadlines are for application only. Financial Aid and Scholarships may have their own deadlines.

Regular Deadline: Sept. 15 completed status in PTCAS