You are not required to select a particular major in order to be eligible for admission to a PT program.
The most common undergraduate majors among PT students include exercise science, biology, kinesiology, and psychology.
For additional information about college majors for the most recent applicant pool, review the PTCAS Applicant Data Report.
The course prerequisites for admission vary significantly across PT education programs.
Visit each program's site, the CAPTE database of accredited programs, and the PTCAS directory for program-specific admission requirements.
Minimum GPA - Most PT programs have minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements.Private institutions may offer out-of-state and foreign applicants a greater number of positions within the program than state-supported, public institutions.Criminal Background Checks - PT programs may ask applicants to disclose any previous felony or misdemeanor convictions as part of the application process.These minimum scores vary by institution and may be low as compared with the average GPA of applicants offered admission.The average overall undergraduate GPA for accepted PTCAS applicants in 2011-12 was 3.52.Be prepared to identify what classes you have taken (or will take) to fulfill the program's course requirements.The most commonly required course prerequisites are below: * Some PT programs only accept anatomy and/or physiology courses completed in a biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department.During the interview, applicants may be rated on their oral communication skills, professional behaviors and attitudes, ability to interact in a group, knowledge of the profession, ability to solve problems, and motivation to pursue a career in physical therapy.The applicants' written communication skills may also be measured with an on-site essay.Policies regarding the consideration of multiple sets of GRE scores vary by institution.Physical Therapy Volunteer Experience - Many programs require applicants to have a certain number of volunteer or paid PT experiences working with patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.