John L. Buskey Health Sciences Center Houses ASU's Physical Therapy Program

ASU Physical Therapy Application & Prerequisite Requirements

APPLICATION INFORMATION & REQUIREMENTS

To apply to Alabama State University’s Physical Therapy program, you must complete the following:

  1. A Bachelor's Degree from an Accredited Program
  2. Must meet the minimum G.P.A. requirements*
  3. Submit an application and upload the following required materials through the ASU PTCAS website portal at the website:  https://ptcasdirectory.apta.org/362/Alabama-State-University
    1. G.R E or MAT score **
    2. 40 Total Observation Hours***
    3. Three Letters of Recommendation****
    4. Official Transcripts

Application Deadline: October 1 of each admission cycle year NO EXCEPTIONS

  • Important:  All Application materials must be verified by PTCAS no later than the October 1 deadline of each year. 
    •  It is highly recommended that you apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is verified by PTCAS and to check PTCAS often to make sure that all required materials are received in PTCAS for verification.  Only applications that have been verified will be reviewed by our Admissions Committee. 
  • Failure to submit application materials to PTCAS for verification could result in an incomplete application and your application will not be considered/reviewed by the Admissions committee.

GPA Requirement*

  • Overall Undergraduate Cumulative: 3:0
  • Program-specific Prerequisite: 3.0

GRE or MAT**

  • GRE Scores are required with minimum scores of Verbal 150 or Analytic of 3.5, or Recommended MAT Score 385
  • GRE scores must be reported on the PTCAS application by the application deadline. Scores not reported will result in an incomplete application.

**Alabama State University DPT program recognizes that due to the coronavirus pandemic, applicants may have difficulty completing the GRE/MAT exam; therefore, the GR/MAT testing requirement will not negatively affect the application for the 2020-2021 application cycle

Observation Hours***

  • 40 Total Hours of Observation must be verified and signed by a LICENSED Physical Therapist (make sure to upload forms in PTCAS)
    • Hours Must Be Complete by Application Deadline (NO EXCEPTIONS)
  • More than 1 Observation Setting is Required. 
    • It is strongly recommend applicants to observe at least 3 or more settings.
    • The following types of observation hours are accepted:
      • Paid:  Accepted/Considered
      • Volunteer:  Accepted/Considered
      • Inpatient:  Accepted/Considered
      • Outpatient:  Accepted/Considered 

***Alabama State University DPT program recognizes that due to the coronavirus pandemic, applicants may have difficulty completing the hours needed for observation; therefore, the observation hours requirement will not negatively affect the application for the 2020-2021 application cycle

 Letters of Recommendation****

  • Submit three letters of recommendations
    •  1 Letter of Recommendation must be from a Licensed Physical Therapist
    •  1  Letter of Recommendation must be from an instructor who can evaluate  your academic abilities and character.
    •  1 Letter of Recommendation can be from advisor or former employer  but ABSOLUTELY NO FAMILY MEMBERS!

Acceptance into the PT Program

  • Once you have completed the interview and received notification of your acceptance to the PT program, students will be instructed on HOW to apply to the ASU Graduate School AFTER they receive notification from the Physical Therapy Program.

General information

Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program? Yes

PTCAS essay is required: Yes

Admissions Interviews Required:  Yes (usually on campus, but may be virtual due to pandemic)

Deposit Required: Yes

Deposit Amount Required for Accepted Applicants: $400.00 (NONREFUNDABLE)

PT program start date:  August of each academic year.

Maximum Number of Accepted Students:  24

Anticipated size of next entering class 24

 

PREREQUISITE REQUIREMENTS

Students interested in applying to our Physical Therapy program must complete all of the following prerequisite courses to be considered for admission to the program.  Once you have met all of the prerequisite requirements, please see the application information below on how to apply and submit required documents in our application portal.  

ASU Physical Therapy Required Prerequisites

Prerequisite

Course

Credit Hours

Prerequisite

Course

Credit Hours

General Biological Science course with lab

4

General Psychology

3

Biology elective with lab such as: Bio 2, cell, microbiology, histology, etc. NOT BOTANY                          

4

Developmental Psychology: must be through the lifespan

3

Human Anatomy with lab **

4

Elective Psychology, Sociology, Ethics, or Anthropology 

3

Human Physiology with lab **

4

Statistics

3

College Chemistry I & II with labs

8

 English Writing/Composition course beyond the basic English Comp course

3

College Physics I & II with labs

8

Oral Communication, Public Speaking or Speech 

3

Math: Pre-calculus/Trig  or higher  

3

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

**Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department

 

 

For a printable version of the prerequisites, please download here : ASU PT Prereqs

For more information or  if you have specific questions regarding prerequisites and how to apply, please feel free to contact us at 334-229-4709 or you can email us at asupt@myasu.alasu.edu.