To be eligible for admission to the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program, you must have at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
The following prerequisite letter-graded courses and work experience must be completed prior to starting the program:
At least four biology courses, each with laboratory experience, including:
- One course in human physiology
- One course in human anatomy or a combined anatomy/physiology course distributed over two academic terms
- These courses are recommended, though not required: microbiology, histology, embryology and neuroscience
- Exercise physiology may satisfy one of the biological sciences prerequisite requirements, but not the human physiology prerequisite
||Two courses with laboratory study
||Two courses with laboratory study
||One course in basic statistics, including elementary probability, descriptive measures, confidence intervals, t-tests and linear regression
||Two courses, including general or introductory psychology and abnormal psychology (or equivalent)
||Course is recommended but not required
|Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
||Completion of the general test component of the GRE and reporting of scores. Note that scores should be sent directly to Mayo School of Health Sciences PTCAS GRE code #3721. We recommend all applicants complete the GRE by July 31.
|Work and/or observation experience
||A minimum of 100 hours of observation or work experience in a physical therapy setting is needed prior to starting the program (varied practice settings preferred).
To be considered as a candidate for the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program, you must have at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and a 3.0 or better prerequisite GPA. Grades from all courses will be used to calculate the cumulative GPA. A grade of D is unacceptable in any of the required prerequisite courses.
Advanced placement (AP) credits earned in high school may fulfill up to two prerequisite course requirements, with a maximum of one course per particular field of study (for example, one course in the biological sciences, one course in chemistry, one course in physics, one course in psychology or one course in statistics).
Transfer of credit
Due to the sequential nature of the physical therapy curriculum, the program does not accept transfer credit from other educational institutions.
International applications to the Physical Therapy Doctoral Program are welcomed, though preference is given to U.S. citizens.
International applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the Educational Testing Service.
The Mayo School of Health Sciences PTCAS code for the TOEFL iBT is 5312. Our minimum score requirement for the TOEFL, consistent with general recommendations for graduate students in the health professions, includes a total TOEFL score that exceeds 89 with a minimum score of 25 for speaking.
Applicants from outside the U.S. must have their educational transcripts translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalency by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential-evaluation services.
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