The following prerequisites are required for admission into the DPT program:
|General Biology (with labs)
||Biology 199 and 200
|Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II (with labs) *
||Biology 230 and 232
|General Chemistry (with labs)
||Chemistry 105 and 106
|College Physics (with labs)
||Physics 203 and 204
|Statistics / Biostatistics
|Introduction to Psychology
|Upper Level Psychology / Sociology elective
* At SAU, human physiology is combined with anatomy in a two-semester sequence of courses with labs. A human physiology course with labs fulfills this requirement.
** At SAU, any upper level psychology/sociology will meet this requirement. PSYCH 255, Brain and Behavior, is strongly recommended.
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 / 4.0
- Official Graduate Record Exam results
- The following information submitted through PTCAS:
Official transcripts from all institutions attended
Statement of purpose several paragraphs in length
Documentation of at least 50 hours of observation in two or more physical therapy settings including inpatient and outpatient, hours must be completed at the time of submitting application
- CLEP Policy: The Physical Therapy Department will follow guidelines set forth by the St. Ambrose University Office of the Registrar for accepting College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam results towards prerequisite courses. For example, students can take the psychology CLEP exam and receive course equivalent for PSYC 105. This would count as meeting one of our psychology prerequisites. While there is a CLEP exam for biology, the Registrar's policy is to only give the equivalent of BIOL 101, which we do not accept as a biology prerequisite. The full list of Course Equivalents for CLEP exam in PDF format can be found here.