The DPT program engages in holistic admissions and we value students who bring more than a strong academic record to the program. Admissions are competitive and are based on:
- Completion of an undergraduate degree by the time the applicant enrolls in the program
- Completion of all prerequisite coursework*
- Cumulative undergraduate GPA and cumulative pre-requisite GPA of 3.0 or better
- Intentionality in the desire to enter physical therapy as a career
- Evidence of leadership aptitude, a well-rounded academic preparation, adaptability, and results orientation
- Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills
- Minimum GRE Score of:
- Quantitative and Verbal GRE of 148 or better;
- Minimum written GRE of 3.0
* No more than 2 pre-requisite courses outstanding at the time of application.
Applicants who do not meet the above requirements, but believe they have alternative evidence to demonstrate academic readiness may complete this survey.
If you are applying from
the University of Wisconsin System, you should refer to the
to evaluate courses for a fit with UWSP prerequisites. Watch these introductory how-to videos
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The following are the required prerequisite courses (courses presented in semester credit hours or equivalent; UWSP course equivalents are listed here). All applicants, regardless of major must demonstrate these courses on their transcripts.
General Chemistry – 2 semesters with a lab
- CHEM 105 – Fundamental Chemistry, 5 credits
- CHEM 106 – Fundamental Chemistry, 5 credits
Organic chemistry or biochemistry are not substituted for the General Chemistry course
Physics – 2 semesters with a lab
- PHYS 203 – College Physics I, 5 credits
- PHYS 204 – College Physics II, 5 credits
Animal Biology – 1 semester with a lab
- BIO 101 – General Biology, 5 credits
- BIOL 110 and BIOL 111 Sequence – Principles of Biology I, II, 5 credits
- BIOL 160 – Introduction to Animal Biology, 5 credits
Microbiology or plant-based biology courses will not be substituted for the Animal Biology course
- BIOL 287 – Essentials of Human Anatomy, 4 credits
- BIOL 387 – Human Anatomy, 4 credits
- BIOL 385 – Human Physiology, 4 credits
Students may take a separate anatomy course and physiology course OR may take a 2 semester A & P I and II course
Introduction to Statistics
- HS 301 – Fundamentals of Biostatistics, 3 credits
- MATH 255 – Elementary Statistical Methods, 3 credits
- PSYCH 300 – Statistics for Psychologists, 4 credits
Introduction to Psychology
- PSYCH 110 – Introduction to Psychology (SS), 3 credits
Abnormal or developmental psychology is not substituted for an introductory course
Note: Students may use AP courses that satisfy the requirements for any of the pre-requisite courses, however Pre-Requisite GPA will not be calculated using those credits.