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Preparing for Physical Therapy

Whether they are planning to apply to a master or doctor of physical therapy program, students must complete a bachelor’s degree to be eligible for admission to physical therapy school.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, requires three years of additional study combining academic coursework and clinical internships. An overall GPA of 3.00 plus a 3.00 in prerequisite coursework is required. Exposure to the health care delivery system through volunteer work or employment (minimum 100 hours) is an important prerequisite. Be sure to review the Morris advantages concerning these requirements.

"Which major should I choose?"

While physical therapy schools do not require any particular major, be aware that Pre-Physical Therapy students will need to demonstrate strength in the following subjects:

Biochemistry is also helpful, along with strong familiarity in administrative softwares including word-processing and spreadsheet programs. Personnel at the University of Minnesota, Morris have prepared a worksheet to share with your advisor as you plan your coursework.