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

ASU Physical Therapy PTCAS & Prerequisite 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:
    1. G.R.E. or MAT score **
    2. 40 Total Observation Hours***
    3. Three Letters of Recommendation****
    4. Official Transcripts

Application Important Information Dates

  • ASU PTCAS Website Opens June 15, 2022 for the 2022-2023 Admissions Cycle

  • Deadline to Apply is October 1 of each admission cycle

  • All Application materials must be VERIFIED by PTCAS no later than the October 1 deadline of each year.  NO EXCEPTIONS
    •  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 Score Requirement**

  • The GRE or MAT will be waived for the 2022-2023 Admission 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 

 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



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



Credit Hours



Credit Hours

General Biological Science course with lab


General Psychology


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


Developmental Psychology: must be through the lifespan


Human Anatomy with lab **


Elective Psychology, Sociology, Ethics, or Anthropology 


Human Physiology with lab **




College Chemistry I & II with labs


 English Writing/Composition course beyond the basic English Comp course


College Physics I & II with labs


Oral Communication, Public Speaking or Speech 


Math: Pre-calculus/Trig  or higher  


 ** 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 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