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Transfer Guide: Pre-PT


• St. Ambrose University admits up to 36 qualified students into the DPT program each fall; however, 15 of these spots are filled by students given a conditional admittance to the DPT program as high school seniors meeting TRACK I requirements.
• TRACK II entry to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is available to qualified St. Ambrose students during the senior year. Students on this track are able to complete program requirements on a 3+2.5 plan of study. The first year of DPT courses is applied toward completion of the undergraduate degree.  Admission to the program on this track requires a minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA, however a higher GPA is recommended due to the keen competition for admission.  
• TRACK III entry is available to students holding a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.  Students on this track complete requirements on a 4+2.5 plan of study.
• Due to the number of required courses, it is not recommended that students attempt to complete the AA/AS degree at Black Hawk College and all DPT prerequisites. Students who wish to take courses at BHC in addition to DPT prerequisites prior to transfer to SAU should reference BHC AA/AS degree requirements or SAU general education requirements. It is also advisable to consult with an SAU advisor for course selection.
• All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Any major is acceptable; however, the pre-professional course prerequisites must be completed. Many students have found that they are most efficiently able to complete program prerequisites in a Psychology, Biology or Exercise Science major.
• TRACKS II and III DPT program admission also requires: 50 hours of documented observation with licensed physical therapists in two or more physical therapy settings including inpatient and outpatient; submission of official results of the Graduate Record Exam; official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended; two references from individuals well acquainted with the applicant; and an on-site personal interview with PT faculty members.
• TRACKS II and III applications to the program are submitted online through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) at  
• TRACKS II and III application deadlines are October 1 for Early Honors (interviews in October and November), and December 1 (interviews in January and February). Admission deadlines will be changing in 2017. Watch for updates.
• The DPT is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association.


Pre-professional Course Prerequisites for Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

BHC CoursesSHSAU Equivalent
BIOL 105 5 BIOL 199
BIOL 106 5 BIOL 200
BIOL 145 4   BIOL 230
BIOL 146 4 BIOL 232
CHEM 1011 4 CHEM 105
CHEM 102 4 CHEM 106
PHYS 1012 5 PHYS 203
PHYS 102 5 PHYS 204
MATH 2282 3 STAT 213
PSYC 101 3 PSYC 105
Psychology/Sociology (Upper level must be taken at an upper division college or university) 3 300 level PSYC or SOC

1. Prior to enrolling in CHEM 101, students must have completed one year of high school chemistry or CHEM 110 or MATH 112, 118 or 123 with a "C" or better, or score 46 or above on the Compass College Algebra Test.
2. Students entering PHYS 101 and MATH 228 must have completed MATH 112 or the equivalent.

St. Ambrose Contact
Physical Therapy Office
Phone: 563-333-6403

Black Hawk Contact
Cathryn Lass 

This guide is not intended to be a contract with SAU. The information of this guide is subject to change; students are advised to contact SAU to keep informed of changes. Final responsibility for verifying all transfer information lies with the student. Using this guide in conjunction with the BHC Catalog, the student will use to fulfill degree requirements. 

Updated: October 2016