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Doctor of Physical Therapy

 

 

Pre-Professional College Course Prerequisites

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The following prerequisites are required for admission into the DPT program:

 

Course SAU Equivalent Credits
General Biology (with labs) Biology 199 and 200 8
Human Anatomy & Physiology (with labs) * Biology 202 and 204 8
General Chemistry (with labs) Chemistry 105 and 106 8
College Physics (with labs) Physics 203 and 204 8
Statistics / Biostatistics Statistics 213 3
Introduction to Psychology Psychology 105 3
Psychology / Sociology elective Upper level 3

* 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.

Non-Course Requirements
  • 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
    Two references
    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
  • CLEP Policy: The Physical Therapy Department will follow guidelines set forth by the St. Ambrose University Records and Registration Office 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 policy of Records and Registration Office 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.