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Physical Therapy D.P.T. Admission

Admission Requirements

Requirements are sent to PTCAS.

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


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.


Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Requirements

  • 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 Description ASU Course Number
    Anatomy 4 Human Anatomy (or A&P I) BIO 2323/2123 (includes lab)
    Physiology 4 Human Physiology (or A&P II) BIO 2324/2124 (includes lab)
    Upper Division Science 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 (includes lab)
    Chemistry 8 General Chemistry CHEM 1311/1111 and CHEM 1312/1112 (includes labs)
    Physics 8 General Physics PHYS 1301/1101 and PHYS 1302/1102 (includes labs)
    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 Statistical Techniques for Health Professionals or Statistics or Introduction to Biometry or Inter. Statistics and Research Methods NUR 4337 (preferred) or MATH 3321 or BIO 4480 or PSY 3321
    3-6 College Algebra or better MATH 1314 or MATH 2312 or better
    Technical Writing* 3 Technical Writing (General composition does not count) ENG 3351
    Medical Terminology 1-3 Medical terms, symbols and abbreviations BIO 2320, Online courses also accepted

    *Evidence of an intensive writing course may be substituted. Please contact the D.P.T. program for evaluation of whether a course is deemed “writing intensive”). A minimum 4.5 score on GRE Analytical Writing may also be substituted. Freshman- and sophomore-level composition courses will not be accepted.

    Additional Prerequisites

    • Bachelor’s degree (biology major or minor recommended) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
    • A minimum of 50 volunteer/employment observation hours in at least two different settings (e.g., water therapy and pediatrics). A volunteer hours recording form is available on the D.P.T. website, but is not required. Any form you submit must have the signature and license number of the supervising PT.

Application Deadlines

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

Regular Deadline: Sept. 15

Other Application Deadlines: For more information, please visit the D.P.T. Admission page.