Physical Therapy

Admissions is competitive with a minimum 3.5 GPA required. Students are required to have an appropriate undergraduate degree in order to be admitted to the program. Background checks are often conducted.

There are physical therapy schools located at Marshall University College of Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy, West Virginia University (WVU) and Wheeling Jesuit University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Contact individual schools for degree requirements.

See the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and American Physical Therapy Association.


The courses listed below are general suggestions. Check the professional school of your choice to see specific admission requirements.

Minimum Science Coursework

  • Principles of Biology I and II (BSC 120 and 121)
  • Human Anatomy (BSC 227) Note: BSC 227 does not count toward a Biological Science degree.
  • Human Physiology (BSC 228) Note: BSC 228 does not count toward a Biological Science degree.
  • Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs (CHM 211, 212, 217, and 218)
  • Introductory Statistics (MTH 225)
  • General Physics I and II and labs (PHY 201, 202, 203 and 204)
  • Mathematics to meet prerequisite requirements for the science courses listed above

General Education Coursework

  • English Composition I and II (ENG 101 and 201)
  • Social and Behavioral Science: General Psychology (PSY 201) and Introductory Sociology (SOC 200)
  • Lifespan Psychology (PSY 311)
  • Follow catalog for degree requirements B.S. or B.A.

Other Requirements

Sixty (60) hours of clinical volunteer or work experience in a physical therapy setting is required for admission.

Professional Exam

Generally, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required but the entrance exam requirement may vary among institutions. For the most current information, review the GRE web site.