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Requirements/Recommendations for Physical Therapy

Some schools, including UC, require a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with minimum overall GPA (approximately 3.00/4.00). Note that UK is transitioning from a bachelors/masters degree to a doctorate degree in 2006/2007; this may change the pre-requisites needed for admission.

As a guide, the following are the pre-requisites for admission into the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Kentucky:

  • 2 semesters of general physics with labs
  • 2 semesters of general chemistry with labs
  • 2 semesters of general biology, animal biology or zoology

(5 of the 6 courses listed above must be completed prior to submitting an application)

  • 2 semesters of psychology (general and developmental are preferred)
  • 1 semester of statistics (minimum of 3 credits)
  • 1 semester of medical terminology (minimum of 2 credits, 3 credits preferred)

NOTE: A grade of "C" or better is required in all the pre-professional courses listed above.

Recommended Courses:

  • 1 semester of exercise physiology
  • 1 semester of comparative or human anatomy with lab (not A&P)
  • courses in mathematics and typing
  • upper division biology, chemistry and physics courses are recommended to give students an opportunity to work toward a degree program and to increase their overall value in the application.

Other Requirements:

  • Certification in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation for adults, children and infants by the American Heart Association for Health Professionals or American Red Cross for the Professional Rescuer (the community CPR course is not acceptable)
  • Certification in first aid by the American Red Cross
  • GRE
  • Volunteer requirement: 50 hours of documented and confirmed physical therapy observation or aid experience, with a minimum of 25 hours at each of tow separate facilities
  • An interview, if selected