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Physical Therapy

D.P.T. Doctor of Physical Therapy

Physical therapists, sometimes referred to as simply PTs, are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limits their abilities to move and perform functional activities as well as they would like in their daily lives. Physical therapists examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.


  • Pre-Requisite Chart
    • General Chemistry: CHM2045/L and CHM2046/L or CHM2051; or CHM2047/L (CHM2054L may be substituted for CHM2045L and CHM2046L)
    • General Biology: BSC2010/L and BSC2011/L
    • Human Anatomy APK2100C (some schools accept mammalian anatomy as well)
    • Human Physiology APK2105C (some schools accept mammalian physiology as well)
    • Physics: PHY2053/L or PHY2048/L or PHY2060 and PHY2054/L or PHY2049/L or PHY2061
    • Math: STA2023
  • General Psychology PSY2012 (many schools, including UF, require an additional semester of psychology)


  • Electives


  • GPA Information
    • PT schools make admissions decisions based on total undergraduate gpa as well as science GPA of the prerequisite courses.  Depending on the individual program, prerequisite courses can often be retaken and the higher grade calculated in the prerequisite science GPA.


  • Professional Organizations

American Physical Therapy Association

1111 North Fairfax Street

Alexandria, VA 22314-1488

Amy Ladendorf

Assistant Director of Education

DPT Admissions Inquiries