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Prerequisites

General Prerequisites

  • Bachelor's degree with a major of student's choice.
  • Successful completion of the listed prerequisite courses.
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or above
  • Courses are taken on a graded basis; pass/fail courses are not acceptable.
  • Biological science, chemistry and physics courses must all include significant laboratory experiences.
  • It is recommended that prerequisite courses in Biology, Exercise Physiology, Anatomy and Physiology be taken within 10 years of applying to the program.
  • At least 50 hour of experience in physical therapy practice settings which includes at least 25 hours in acute care, in-hospital setting (NOTE: sub-acute and any other non-acute care settings do not satisfy this requirement). The Department encourages you to visit the APTA website for the definition of acute care and descriptions of that setting: http://www.apta.org/PTCareers/Overview/.
  • GRE test scores must be less than 5 years old at the time of application. Please contact the Graduate School if you have questions.
  • A personal interview at the invitation of the selection committee is required.
  • All prerequisite courses/labs must be completed at an accredited institution. All courses must have defined objectives, a course description, an objective grading system with a letter grade and meet the content expectations of the prerequisite.  With the exception of Medical Terminology, the program does not accept on-line courses as fulfillment of prerequisite coursework.  Contact PTAdmissions@pacific.edu  for prior approval for an online Medical Terminology course only.

 

Prerequisite Courses (Approved 12/02/14)

For applicants submitting in 2014 or 2015

  • One course in general biology with lab or cell biology with lab
    (4 semester credits/5 quarter credits minimum)
    OR
    Two courses in biological sciences (not botany) [any 2 bio courses] no lab req.
    (6 semester credits/9 quarter credits minimum)

For applicants submitting in 2016 or later

  • Two courses in biological sciences (not botany) [any 2 bio courses] no lab req.
    (6 semester credits/9 quarter credits minimum)

For all applicants

  • One course in anatomy with lab
    (4 semester credits/5 quarter credits minimum)
  • One course in physiology with lab
    (4 semester credits/5 quarter credits minimum)
    Note: A single semester course combining anatomy and physiology does not meet this requirement.  However, a two-semester sequence in anatomy and physiology with lab will meet this requirement.
  • Two courses in general chemistry with lab
    (8 semester credits/12 quarter credits minimum; a standard full-year course)
  • Two courses in general physics with lab
    (8 semester credits/12 quarter credits minimum; a standard full-year course)
  • One course in abnormal psychology
    (3 semester credits/4 quarter credits minimum)
  • One course in statistics
    (3 semester credits/4 quarter credits minimum)
  • One course in exercise physiology
    (3 semester credits/4 quarter credits minimum)
  • One course in medical terminology
    (1 semester credit/2 quarter credits minimum)
    Note: On-line courses may be accepted.

For additional information, please contact:

PT Admissions
Voice: 209.946.2886• At least 50 hour of experience in physical therapy practice settings which includes at least 25 hours in acute care, in-hospital setting (NOTE: sub-acute and any other non-acute care settings do not satisfy this requirement). The Department encourages you to visit the APTA website for the definition of acute care and descriptions of that setting: http://www.apta.org/PTCareers/Overview/.