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Prerequisite Courses

 

In addition to satisfying the general admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies at Alabama State University, the following special requirements must be satisfied by students seeking admission to the Physical Therapy Program:

1.       Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

2.       Completed application package for the Physical Therapy Program, submitted through PTCAS.

3.       Recommended GRE scores:  Verbal - 145     Quantatative - 140

4.       Prerequisite Grades:

  • Completion of the required prerequisite courses with a “C” or above
     
  • A prerequisite GPA of 3.0
     
  • A grade of “B” or above is recommended for the science courses.

 

PREREQUISITE COURSES

 

 Course

 Credit Hours 

 Course

 Credit Hours 

 General Biological Science course with lab

4

 General Psychology

3

 Upper Level Biology
 in a zoology area with lab *

4

 Developmental Psychology

3

 Human Anatomy with lab **

4

 Upper Level Psychology, Sociology or Ethics   

3

 Human Physiology with lab **

4

 Statistics

3

 College Chemistry I & II with labs

8

 1 English Writing/Composition couse beyond
 the basic English Composition course

3

 College Physics I & II with labs

8

 Oral Communication, Public Speaking or Speech 

3

 Math: Pre-calculus Trigonometry or higher  

3

   

 

 

* Courses in any aspect of microscopic, vertebrate or human biology are recommended. Botany courses are not accepted as prerequisites.

** Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II may be substituted for separate courses in human anatomy and physiology

4.       A minimum of 80 hours of volunteer or paid service in physical therapy under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist at a hospital, nursing home, rehabilitation center, outpatient clinic or community center. Two different settings are recommended.

5.       Three recommendations are required: one from a physical therapist documenting the applicant’s exposure to a physical therapy clinical setting and one from an instructor, academic advisor or recent employer who can evaluate the applicant’s academic abilities and character.

6.       A written personal statement demonstrating the student’s ability to communicate clearly his/her interest in pursuing the clinical doctorate in physical therapy.

NOTES: 

Completion of minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

An applicant must be accepted to both the Department of Physical Therapy and the ASU School of Graduate Studies.

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