West Virginia Wesleyan pre-physical therapy students typically pursue majors in athletic training, biology, or exercise science. Currently there are approximately 150 accredited physical therapy programs offering degree through three routes: two year Master’s, five year entry-level Master’s or three year Doctorate. Admission into physical therapy schools is extremely competitive. Although admission requirements vary widely among schools, the following is one example of the admission requirements for one Master’s level program:
3.5 grade point average
GRE 500+ Verbal 500+ Quantitative
Next to grade point average, the most important factors in determining admission to physical therapy programs are:
- Performance skills: problem solving, goal setting, interaction with people, etc.
- Student volunteer or internship experience in a variety of settings; outpatient, inpatient, sports medicine, rehab hospital, home health, skilled nursing
- Oral and written communication skills
- Student’s ability to articulate why he or she is a good match with the profession
- Student has strong recommendations, especially from a physical therapist he or she has gotten to know well
- Student is knowledgeable of the profession; knows what physical therapists do; understands current trends and issues facing the profession; knows what physical therapists do; is familiar with physical therapy research and publications, etc.
Students should be encouraged to join and be active in the WVWC Pre-PT Club; involvement in the club provides information about current developments in the field, the opportunity to get to know other pre-pt students and exposure to early career and graduate school planning. The club frequently participates in volunteer physical therapy-related activities.
For more information about pre-physical therapy, contact Rae Emrick at Emrick_r@wvwc.edu or 304.473.8002.
The American Physical Therapy Association is available on-line at www.apta.org or toll free at 800.999.APTA.