A physical therapy degree is an advanced degree program offered at selected universities. Some programs are at the master’s degree level, but many are at the doctorate level. All require a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (average acceptance GPA of 3.5) and a GRE score higher than 1,500 (with a minimum of 500 in each section) for admission. In addition, most require a minimum number of hours working with a physical therapist. The bachelor’s degree may be in any major, but a set of core courses in the sciences and other disciplines is required. Often, a list of recommended courses is suggested. Students must check with the schools to which they will apply for specific requirements, preferably early in their undergraduate career, because of the wide diversity of requirements. This will facilitate scheduling of the required courses along with major and general education requirements.
Core science and math courses required for many programs include: