Office of Pre-Professional Health Studies

 


Milestone 3

 

Are You Prepared for the Road Ahead?

 

Now that you have assessed your academic strengths and identified a career goal, you should take a moment to gauge whether you are prepared to undertake the course of study necessary to achieve your goal.  The profile below will help you determine whether your previous academic achievement is appropriate preparation for your career goal.  You might not have a perfect match to the criteria indicated.  That's okay, the criteria will help you identify potential areas where you will need additional help or preparation along the way.

A career in PHYSICAL THERAPY typically requires the completion of an undergraduate degree followed by three years of full-time study at the graduate level.   However, highly qualified undergraduate students with exceptionally strong academic credentials have the opportunity to apply early to a physical therapy program via an accelerated 3+3 option where available.  One should note that the Department of Physical Therapy at Temple University does NOT grant acceptance to applicants directly out of high school, but rather provides the early acceptance option for highly qualified undergraduate students, as well as the typical application route available to all students in possession of a completed baccalaureate degree and all necessary perquisites.

Use the information below to become familiar with the requirements and expectations for this career path.

Typically, students interested in pursuing studies that will lead to a career in Physical Therapy share the following attributes:

HIGH SCHOOL PROFILES of UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
considering admission to the Department of Physical Therapy

Desirable SAT Score: >= 1000
HS Rank: Top 25%
HS GPA: 3.00
High School Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
High School Math: Algebra I-II, Geometry,
Trigonometry/ Pre-Calculus

*Please note that the respective programs try to balance several factors when considering students for admissions. Thus, individuals who do not meet all of the guidelines may be considered by a program.

Typcially students interested in pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy at Temple University first complete a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.  As an undergraduate, you will have to meet the following expectations:

COLLEGE PROFILES of UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
considering admission to the PHYSICAL THERAPY

Possible majors: Students interested in a career in Physical Therapy can choose any undergraduate major.
Required Courses:

• Biology with lab
• Chemistry I with lab
• Chemistry II with lab
• Human or Mammalian Anatomy with lab
• Human or Mammalian Physiology with lab
• Physics I with lab
• Physics II with lab
• Statistics (check details with PT department)
• Behavioral Science courses with individual (Psychology) and group (Sociology) perspectives

Recommended Courses:  
Science GPA Min. >= 3.0
Cumulative GPA: Min. >=3.0/ Avg. >=3.4
Hours/Degree Required

       B.S. or B.A.

Desirable GRE Score: N/A

Students interested in pursuing the accelerated 3+3 option for a degree in Physical Therapy at Temple University are expected to meet the following criteria:

COLLEGE PROFILES of UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
considering admission to the 3+3 PHYSICAL THERAPY option

Possible majors: Students interested in a career in Physical Therapy can choose any undergraduate major.
Required Courses:

• Biology with lab
• Chemistry I with lab
• Chemistry II with lab
• Human or Mammalian Anatomy with lab
• Human or Mammalian Physiology with lab
• Physics I with lab
• Physics II with lab
• Statistics (check details with PT department)
• Behavioral Science courses with individual (Psychology) and group (Sociology) perspectives

Recommended Courses:  
Science GPA Min. >= 3.4
Cumulative GPA: Min. >=3.5
Hours/Degree Required

      Min. >= 90 credits

Desirable GRE Score: N/A

Once you have completed your undergraduate studies, the road to a career in Physical Therapy includes the following time and application requirements:

Length of Program (years) 3
Degree Conferred Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Application Period To January 15
Application Essay Required
Letters of Recommendation Required (2)
Official Transcript(s) Required
Interview Writing Sample Required
IF YOU ARE CONFIDENT THAT YOU ARE ON TRACK AND YOU ARE READY TO GO ON TO THE NEXT STAGE OF YOUR JOURNEY, CLICK HERE: 
TO EXPLORE OTHER OPPORTUNITIES AT THIS STAGE OF YOUR JOURNEY,
OR LOOK AT PREPAREDNESS PROFILES FOR OTHER AREAS OF STUDY,
CLICK HERE:  MILESTONE 3

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