Pre-Physical Therapy Area of Emphasis (3 or 4 years)

Overview of Physical Therapy as a Career

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. Admissions is competitive with a minimum 3.0 GPA required. Students are required to have an appropriate undergraduate degree in order to be admitted to the program. Contact individual schools for degree requirements.

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

Prerequisite Courses

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

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 (MTH 122, Trigonometry; MTH 127/130, College Algebra; MTH 140, Applied Calculus, or MTH 229, Calculus I). COS requires Calculus (MTH 140 or 229) to meet graduation requirements.

General Education Coursework

  • English Composition I and II (ENG 101 and 201)
  • General Psychology (PSY 201)
  • Lifespan Psychology (PSY 311)
  • Follow catalog for degree requirements B.S. or B.A.

Other Requirements

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.

The GRE is a three hour computer-based general test is composed of verbal reasoning (30 minutes consisting of 30 questions), quantitative reasoning (45 minutes consisting of 28 questions), and analytical writing sections. The analytical writing section is always first and is split between an issue task and argument task. For the issue task, two topics will be presented and you will choose one. The argument task does not present a choice of topics; instead, one topic will be presented. In addition, one unidentified un-scored section may be included, and this section can appear in any position in the test after the analytical writing section. Questions in the un-scored section are being tested for possible use in future tests, and answers will not count toward your scores. The verbal and quantitative sections may appear in any order. Treat each section presented during your test as if it counts.

The approximate cost is $140.00. Additional fees such as late registration, change of testing site, or rescheduling fees can be included in the total cost.

Three scores are reported on the General Test:

  1. Verbal Reasoning score reported on a 200-800 score scale, in 10-point increments.
  2. Quantitative Reasoning score reported on a 200-800 score scale, in 10-point increment.
  3. Analytical Writing score reported on a 0-6 score scale, in half-point increments. 

Official scores will be sent to you and the professional schools you designated within 10 to 15 days after you take the test. Any section in which you answer no questions at all will be reported as a no score (NS).

For the most current information, review the GRE web site.

Links to Professional Schools

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