Physical therapists work with individuals with movement or mobility problems in order to prevent, restore or resolve the dysfunctional condition. They find work in hospitals, private clinics, public schools, health maintenance organizations, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and home health agencies. In order to become physical therapist, students complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy program (DPT). Preparing yourself to apply to the physical therapy program of your choice involves completing a bachelor’s degree, taking the necessary prerequisites required by DPT programs, getting good grades in all of your courses, gaining experience in the field (through work, volunteering, and shadowing), and taking the GRE. Many DPT programs require extensive observational exposure to physical therapists working in a broad variety of PT settings with different types of patients. Begin early.
As a pre-PT student, you can major in anything. There is not a specific major that all pre-PT students must have. DPT programs do care that you do well in your major and your pre-PT coursework. Think about what interests you and what might be a good alternative option to physical therapy should your plans change.
Students should apply the year prior to their intended start date. Deadlines for application vary by program.
- Take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
- Submit the PTCAS application (Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service)
- Submit any secondary applications necessary for the schools you are applying to.
For more information about the PT admissions process, go to the American Physical Therapy Association website.
- PTCAS - Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service
Washington Physical Therapy Programs