Application Requirements

The DPT program is a graduate-level degree-seeking program. Prospective students have three options to apply for the physical therapy program. 

  • Standard Assurance Pathway (SAP): The standard pathway is for college students who have graduated or are about to graduate with their undergraduate degree. 
  • Junior Early Assurance Pathway (JEAP): This pathway is for UC CAHS students majoring in Health Sciences. These students will apply to the DPT program when they reach the junior level of their undergraduate studies. 
  • High School Early Assurance Pathway (HEAP): This pathway is for qualified high school seniors interested in pursuing a UC undergraduate degree in Health Sciences in the College of Allied Health Sciences and then continuing on to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. 

 Requirements

  • Completion of the PTCAS and UC Graduate School applications
  • Completion of undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) (Suggested minimum score 150 Quantitative, 150 Verbal, 4.0 Written) 
  • 3 Recommendation Letters (at least one from a PT)
  • Minimum of 50 hours of observation (minimum 25 inpatient, 25 elsewhere)
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework (listed below)

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants may not have more than two core science courses and two non-science courses incomplete when they apply. All prerequisite courses must be completed before the program start date.  For each of the prerequisites below, we have indicated courses that will fulfill the requirements for our program.  The colleges/universities listed are the most requested by applicants.  For equivalent courses at other colleges/universities, please use Transferology.  

Science Prerequisites

Required: 1 full year (two semesters) with lab

UC Equivalent Courses: BIOL2001C and BIOL2002C

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at CSCC.  Either of the combinations below will fulfill this requirement.

Combination 1: 

  1. BIO 1121 Anatomy & Physiology I
  2. BIO 1122 Anatomy & Physiology II

Combination 2: 

  1. BIO 2300 Human Anatomy
  2. BIO 2301 Human Physiology

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at MU.  Either of the combinations below will fulfill this requirement.

Combination 1: 

  1. BIO 161 Principles of Human Physiology
  2. KNH 244 & KNH 244L  Functional Anatomy with lab

Combination 2: 

  1. ZOO 171 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  2. ZOO 172 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at NKU.  Either of the combinations below will fulfill this requirement.

Combination 1: 

  1. BIO 208 & BIO 208L Human Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
  2. BIO 209 & BIO 209L Human Anatomy & Physiology iI with Lab

Combination 2: 

  1. BIO 425 & BIO 425L Mammalian Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
  2. BIO 426 & BIO 426L Mammalian Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at OSU.  Select one physiology course and one anatomy course.

Physiology Courses

  1. EEOB 2520 Human Physiology
  2. PHYSIO 3200 Human Physiology
  3. PHYSIO 3101 Human Physiology I & PHYSIO 3102 Human Physiology II

Anatomy Courses

  1. ANATOMY 2300 Basic Human Anatomy
  2. ANATOMY 3300 Advanced Human Anatomy for UG
  3. EEOB 2510 Human Anatomy

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at SCC. Either of these combinations will fulfill this requirement.

Combination 1: 

  1. BIO 1121 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  2. BIO 1222 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

Combination 2:

  1. BIO 1141 & BIO 1147 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology I with Lab
  2. BIO 1242 & BIO 1248 Principles of Anatomy & Physiology II with Lab

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at UK. Any of these combinations will fulfill this requirement.

Combination 1 (preferred): 

  1. ANA 109 Anatomy & Physiology for Nursing I
  2. ANA 110 Anatomy & Physiology for Nursing II

Combination 2:

  1. ANA 209 Principles of Human Anatomy
  2. PGY 206 Elementary Physiology
  3. PGY 207 Case Studies in Physiology

Combination 3:

  1. BIO 340 Comparative Anatomy
  2. BIO 350 Animal Physiology

Required: 1 full year (two semesters) with lab

UC Equivalents: BIOL1081 & BIOL1081L and BIOL1082 & BIOL1082L

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at CSCC.  

  1. BIO 1113 Biological Sciences I
  2. BIO 1114 Biological Sciences II

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at MU.  Either of the combinations below will fulfill this requirement.

Combination 1: 

  1. BIO 115 Biological Concepts I
  2. BIO 116 Biological Concepts II

Combination 2: 

  1. ZOO 113 Animal Diversity
  2. ZOO 114 Principles of Biology

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at NKU.  

  1. BIO 150 & BIO 150L Introduction to Biology I with Lab
  2. BIO 151 & BIO 151L Introduction to Biology II with Lab

 

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at OSU.

  1. BIOLOGY 1113 Biological Sciences: Energy Transfer
  2. BIOLOGY 1114 Biological Sciences: Form, Function

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at SCC. Either of these combinations will fulfill this requirement.

Combination 1:

  1. BIO 1111 & BIO 1117 General Biology I with Lab
  2. BIO 1211 & BIO 1217 General Biology II with Lab

Combination 2: 

  1. BIO 1171 Principles of Biology I
  2. BIO 1272 Principles of Biology II

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at UK. 

Biology I (choose one): 

  1. BIO 148 & BIO 155 Introduction to Biology I with Lab
  2. BIO 150 & BIO 151 Principles of Biology I with Lab

AND Biology II

  1. BIO 152 & BIO 153 Principles of Biology II with Lab
  2. BIO 208 & BIO 209 Principles of Microbiology with Lab

Required: 1 full year (two semesters) with lab

UC Equivalents: CHEM1040 & CHEM1040L and CHEM1041 & CHEM1041L

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at CSCC.  

  1. CHEM 1171 General Chemistry I
  2. CHEM 1172 General Chemistry II

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at MU.  

  1. CHM 141 & CHM 144 College Chemistry I with lab
  2. CHM 142 & CHM 145 College Chemistry II with lab

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at NKU.  

  1. CHE 120 & CHE 120L General Chemistry I with Lab
  2. CHE 121 & CHE 121L General Chemistry II with Lab

 

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at OSU.

  1. CHEMISTRY 1210 General Chemistry I
  2. CHEMISTRY 1220 General Chemistry II

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at SCC. 

  1. CHE 1211 & CHE 1251 General Chemistry I with Lab
  2. CHE 1221 & CHE 1261 General Chemistry II with Lab

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at UK. 

  1. CHE 105 & CHE 111 General College Chemistry I with Lab
  2. CHE 107 & CHE 113 General College Chemistry II with Lab

Required: 1 full year (two semesters) with lab

UC Equivalents: PHYS1050 & PHYS1051L and PHYS1051 & PHYS1051L

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at CSCC.  Either of the combinations below will fulfill the requirement.

Combination 1:

  1. PHYS 1200 Algebra-Based Physics I
  2. PHYS 1201 Algebra-Based Physics II

Combination 2:

  1. PHYS 1250 Calculus-Based Physics I
  2. PHYS 1251 Calculus-Based Physics II

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at MU.  Either of the combinations below will fulfill this requirement.

Combination 1: 

  1. PHY 161 Physics for Life Science & Lab I
  2. PHY 162 Physics for Life Science & Lab II

Combination 2: 

  1. PHY 191 General Physics with Lab I
  2. PHY 192 General Physics with Lab I

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at NKU.  Either of the combinations below will fulfill this requirement.

Combination 1: 

  1. PHY211 General Physics I with Lab
  2. PHY213 General Physics II with Lab

Combination 2: 

  1. PHY 220 University Physics I with Lab
  2. PHY 222 University Physics I with Lab

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at OSU.

  1. PHYSICS 1200 Mechanics, Kinematics, Fluids, Wave
  2. PHYSICS 1201 E&M, Optics, Modern Physics

OR

  1. PHYSICS 1251 E&M, Optics, Modern Physics
  2. PHYSICS 1260 Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at SCC. Either of the following combinations will fulfill this requirement.

Combination 1:

  1. PHYS 1141 College Physics I
  2. PHYS 1142 College Physics II

Combination 2:

  1. PHYS 2201 & PHYS 2207 General Physics I with Lab
  2. PHYS 2202 & PHYS 2208 General Physics II with Lab

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at UK. Either of these combinations will fulfill this requirement.

Combination 1: 

  1. PHY 211 General Physics
  2. PHY 213 General Physics

Combination 2:

  1. PHY 231 & PHY 241 General University Physics I with Lab
  2. PHY 232 & PHY 242 General University Physics II with Lab

Non-Science Prerequisites

Required: 1 full year (two semesters)

UC Equivalents: ENGL1001 & ENGL2089

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at CSCC.  

  1. ENG 1100 Composition I
  2. ENG 2367 Composition II

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at MU.  

  1. ENG 111 Composition & Rhetoric
  2. ENG 112 Composition & Literature

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at NKU.  Complete any two of the following courses:

  1. ENG 101 College Writing
  2. ENG 151H Honors Freshman Composition
  3. ENG 204 Introduction to Writing Studies
  4. ENG 291 Advanced College Writing
  5. HSC 291W Writing in the Health Sciences

 

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at OSU.

  1. ENGLISH 1110 First Year English Composition
  2. Additional writing concentration course.  Please refer to the OSU General Education Requirements site for a list of acceptable courses.

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at SCC. 

  1. ENG 1001 English Composition I
  2. ENG 1201 English Composition II

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at UK. Any two of the following courses will fulfill this requirement.

  1. ENG 101 Writing I
  2. ENG 102 Writing II
  3. ENG 104 Writing: Accelerated Foundational Course
  4. ENG 105 Writing: An Accelerated Course
  5. ENG 230W Intro to LIt: Advanced Writing

Required: 1 semester

UC Equivalents: HLSC3032C or HLSC3031

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at CSCC.  

  1. SES 2440 Exercise Physiology

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at MU.  

  1. KNH468 & KNH 468L Physiology & Biophysics of Human Activity & Lab

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at NKU.  

  1. KIN340 & KIN340L Exercise Physiology

 

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at OSU.

  1. KNHES 3414 Applied Exercise Physiology
  2. KNHES 5500 Science of Phys Act for Hlth Care Prof

No equivalent courses are offered.

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at UK. 

  1. KHP 420G Physiology of Exercise

Required: 1 semester

UC Equivalents: PSYC1001

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at CSCC.  

  1. PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at MU.  

  1. PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at NKU.  

  1. PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology

 

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at OSU.

  1. PSYCH 1100 General Psychology

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at SCC. 

  1. PSY 1100 General Psychology

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at UK. 

  1. PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology

Required: 1 semester

UC Equivalents: PSYC2040 Developmental Psychology or PSYC2051 Abnormal Psychology

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at CSCC.  

  1. PSY 2331 Abnormal Psychology

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at MU.  

  1. PSY 231 Developmental Psychology
  2. PSY 242 Abnormal Psychology

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at NKU.  

  1. PSY 333 Abnormal Psychology
  2. PSY 321 Lifespan Development
  3. PSY 319 & PSY 320 Child & Adult Development

 

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at OSU.

  1. PSYCH 3331 Abnormal Psychology
  2. PSYCH 3340 Life Span Development

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at SCC. Either of the following courses will fulfill this requirement.

  1. PSY 2217 Abnormal Psychology
  2. PSY 2200 Lifespan Human Development

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at UK. Either of these courses will fulfill this requirement.

  1. PSY 223 Developmental Psychology
  2. PSY 533 Abnormal Psychology

Required: 1 semester

UC Equivalents: HLSC2012

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at CSCC.  Either of these courses will fulfill the requirement.

  1. HIMT 1121 Advanced Medical Terminology
  2. MULT 1010 Medical Terminology

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at MU.  

  1. BTE 224 Medical Terminology
  2. KNH 209 Medical Terminology for Health Professionals

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at NKU.  

  1. BIO 272 Medical and Biological Terminology

 

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at OSU.

  1. ALLIMED 2500 Medical Terminology
  2. CLAS 2010 Class Bachground of Scient Term
  3. HTHHSC 2500 Med Term
  4. MEDTECH 4400 Phlebotomy & Medical Terminology   

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at SCC. Either of the following courses will fulfill this requirement.

  1. DIT 1210 Medical Terminology for Dietetics
  2. HIM 1101 Medical Terminology

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at UK. 

  1. CLA 131 Medical Terminology from Greek & Latin

Required: 1 semester

UC Equivalents: STAT1031 or STAT1034

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at CSCC.  

  1. STAT 1450 The Practice of Statistics

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at MU.  

  1. STA 261 Statistics
  2. STA 301 Applied Statistics

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at NKU.  

  1. STA 205 Introduction to Statisical Methods

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at OSU.

  1. STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics
  2. STAT 1450 Introduction to the Practice of Statistics
  3. MOLGEN 5650 Analysis and Int. of Biological Data

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at SCC.

  1. MATH 1450 Introductory Statistics

The courses below are acceptable for this prerequiste at UK. 

  1. STA 291 Statistical Methods

    Entrance into UC’s physical therapy program is competitive and completion of prerequisite coursework does not guarantee admission into the physical therapy program.

    Students still requiring an undergraduate degree may select any major and/or program but are reminded that entrance requirements to colleges will vary. The academic advisors of the College of Allied Health Sciences can provide suggestions for prospective students. A "pre-physical therapy" concentration and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree are available through the College of Allied Health Sciences to assist with the initial selection of courses and final selection of a bachelor's degree.

    Individuals who have met the physical therapy admission requirements can apply during the application period to the physical therapy program if the course prerequisites have been completed within the past 10 calendar years and the GRE taken within the past five calendar years.

    Please note that certain exceptions may apply. Individuals with questions concerning prior coursework and its acceptance in meeting physical therapy requirements should contact the department.