Doctor of Physical Therapy Admissions Prerequisites

The 2021/2022 admissions cycle is now closed. The 2022/2023 admissions cycle to enroll in Fall 2023 will open on June 15, 2022. Please note that the GRE will NOT be required for the 2022/2023 admissions cycle.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement & Medical/Religious Exemption Policy. Methodist University (MU) Doctor of Physical Therapy Program requires successful completion of all clinical education experiences to meet professional program requirements to graduate. MU DPT professional curriculum requires two part-time and three full-time clinical education experiences. The program utilizes medical centers, private practices, and federal facilities for clinical education experiences, which are known to require proof of full and up to date vaccination against COVID-19. Further, effective October 15, 2021, MU requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in order to live, work, attend classes, and participate in official MU activities (including events on or off campus). MU also offered the opportunity to request medical and religious exemptions for the 2021-22 academic year. Any DPT student who is granted an exemption by the university will still be required to submit an exemption request for each clinical facility they are placed at that requires the COVID-19 vaccination. Matriculating students must acknowledge that the university’s exemption is separate from exemptions at clinical facilities and does not guarantee that the facility’s exemption will be granted. MU DPT shall not make accommodations for the student if the exemption is denied and the student is unable to complete the clinical education experience, which may result in a delayed graduation or failure to complete the program. Clinical education placements remain at the sole discretion of the affiliated clinical education facilities and the MU Department of Physical Therapy.

Education requirements

A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. No specific degree is required. An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

Courses and GPA Requirements

Prerequisite courses are as follows:

  • Chemistry (8 s.h.): General College Chemistry I and II with labs.
  • Physics (8 s.h.): General College Physics I and II with labs.
  • Biology (8 s.h.): General Biology I and II with labs (Botany, Ecology, and Zoology courses are not acceptable) or General Biology I and upper-level Biology with labs. Suggested courses include Microbiology, Embryology, and Cellular Physiology. Exercise Physiology may be accepted, at the discretion of the admissions committee, in lieu of the upper-level Biology course.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 s.h.): Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II or individual courses of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology with a lab in each.
  • Statistics (3 s.h.): Introductory Statistics.
  • Psychology (6 s.h.): Two semesters of Psychology including General Psychology and one additional Psychology course. Suggested courses include Developmental Psychology, Child Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, or Psychology of Disability.

Notes regarding prerequisite requirements:

  • A minimum science GPA of 3.0 and a minimum prerequisite course GPA of 3.2 is required, and have no prerequisite courses with a grade less than a “C.”
  • At the time of application, candidates are expected to have no more than two prerequisite courses remaining to be taken during the spring semester after the application closing date. Exceptions may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting the DPT Program.
  • Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Chemistry prerequisite courses must have been completed no earlier than 10 years prior to application. Work experience or graduate-level education in a related field (e.g., athletic training, exercise physiology, etc.) may be accepted, at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, in lieu of the 10-year prerequisite course time limitation.
  • Advanced placement credits are not accepted for prerequisite courses.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Altus Suite and Other Testing

Altus Suite – Comprehensive Admissions Assessments

All applicants applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Methodist University are required to complete Altus Suite for the 2022/2023 admissions cycle.

Altus Suite is a standardized, multi-part online assessment that measures different competencies and attributes that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. Altus Suite will complement the other tools that we use for applicant review and evaluation. In implementing Altus Suite, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

Altus Suite consists of:

  • Casper: 100-120 minute online, open-response situational judgment test
  • Snapshot: 15-minute one-way video interview with standardized questions
  • You will register for Altus Suite for US Professional Health Sciences test (CSP-10101).

Access TakeAltus.com to create an account and for more information on important dates and requirements, and the Altus Suite assessments.

Other Testing

For non-native speakers of English, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will also be required. TOEFL-iBT minimum composite score of 89 with minimum subsets; 24 Writing, 26 Speaking, 21 Reading and Comprehension, and 18 listening. Comparable Scores would be 220 on the computer-based exam, 560 on the paper-based exam, a TSE of 50 and/or a TWE of 4.5.

Observation Hours

Observation hours in a physical therapy setting are not required but are strongly recommended. The program recommends a minimum of 100 hours of volunteer experience, clinical employment, or other clinical activities to be completed across multiple settings.

Applicants who have completed observation hours across multiple settings tend to demonstrate the strongest knowledge of the profession and responsibilities of a physical therapist.

Foreign Graduates: Completion of Degree Outside of the United States

  • Applicants must have their transcripts evaluated by the World Education Services (WES) to determine if the degree is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in the United States. If the evaluation determines work done outside the US is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree the applicant has met the degree requirement. If the evaluation does not determine equivalency to a bachelor’s degree the applicant does not meet the requirements for entry into the program. Degree equivalency is the only item of importance the program will consider on the WES evaluation.
  • If the applicant has degree equivalency on the WES but lacks specific prerequisite courses, any prerequisites that are lacking must be taken in the United States in order to be considered for admission.
  • In addition to GRE scores, non-native speakers of English foreign graduates must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The program will not allow substitution of an English course or certificate in place of TOEFL scores. Minimum scores are noted in item 6.b.i. and ii. above.
  • Foreign graduates must also complete the GRE and follow the same application process through PTCAS.