Doctor of Physical Therapy Prerequisites
Admission to the Program
The professional phase of physical therapy education begins in late May each year. A Bachelor’s Degree is required for admission in addition to the specific coursework listed below.
Competitive* cumulative and prerequisite science grade point averages (GPA’s) are required for admission. (*“Competitive GPA” relates to the strength of the applicant pool during the year of application.) A minimum of 3.0 cumulative and prerequisite science GPA is required for consideration. Further information related to GPA can be located on our DPT FAQ page.
*Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for admission (*"Competitive" GRE scores relate to the strength of the applicant pool during the year of application)
Applicants are expected to have some experience of the profession prior to application. This experience may be acquired in several ways, including volunteer work, paid employment, or observations in clinical settings. Applicants must have completed at least 100 clock hours of experience in a physical therapy setting prior to May 1 of the year of matriculation. Applicants are encouraged to get as much experience in as many different settings (inpatient, outpatient, rehab, acute care, aquatics, wound care etc.) as possible. Greater clock hours of experience in a variety of settings will strengthen an application.
Prerequisite Requirements to be completed
|General Chemistry (for science majors, lab required)||8 hours|
|General Physics (for science majors, lab required)||8 hours|
|General Biology (for science majors, lab required)||8 hours|
|Anatomy and Physiology (for science majors, lab required)||8 hours|
Note: Applicants who have completed all or most of their prerequisite coursework at the time of application may be at an advantage during the admission process.
**Recommended courses: Additional English, technical writing, speech, advanced human physiology, exercise physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, motor control, developmental psychology and core coursework required for a bachelor’s degree.
The Application Process
Applications are considered on a rolling basis for acceptance into the professional program. The application deadline is October 1st (note there is no longer a spring application deadline). Classes for each new cohort of students begin in late May. Individual applications are reviewed and interviews are scheduled for competitive applicants once all materials have been received; therefore, it is in the applicant’s best interest to complete their application, including submission of transcripts and clinical experience documentation forms, as early as possible. Two completed recommendation forms are required as part of the application, and should be completed by the following: one from professional personnel who has observed the applicant during any related volunteer or paid work, and one from a previous or present instructor and/or counselor or from a previous or present employer.
Applicants who meet the above listed requirements and are deemed competitive candidates for admission will be invited to TTUHSC for interviews. Fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission. The admissions committee selects the most qualified applicants from the pool of applicants interviewed considering: cumulative GPA, prerequisite science GPA, GRE Scores, interview scores, volunteer/work experience in physical therapy, recommendation letters, student essay, and other factors.
Applicants must have completed all prerequisites prior to matriculation into the DPT program. Applicants to the physical therapy program should understand that students admitted to the program are assigned to a specific campus (Lubbock, Amarillo, or Odessa), and requests for campus changes are not typically granted. Students who are unable or unwilling to accept assignment to a specific campus should not accept admission to the Physical Therapy program. All students attend classes during the first summer session on the Lubbock campus.
All applications are made online at the following web address:
Additional application materials should be sent to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Office of the Registrar, 3601 4th Street, Stop 8310, Lubbock, Texas 79430.
A student admitted into the DPT program must meet essential functions that are necessary to be able to obtain employment. These are established minimum physical and mental guidelines necessary for the DPT program. Prior to matriculation, all students must submit verification of their ability to perform at or above the minimum physical and mental guidelines established by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (DRS). Applicants may obtain a written copy of the essential functions from the DPT program director or you may find a list of the essential functions for the DPT program and DRS in the DRS Student Handbook. Please become familiar with the essential functions document. (http://www.ttuhsc.edu/sah/current/handbooks.aspx)