Prerequisite Courses and Eligibility
A bachelors degree must be completed prior to beginning our Program.
- Prerequisite courses may be taken at any college, including two year campuses and technical schools.
- A grade of C or higher is required for each prerequisite course.
- Advanced placement credits meet our prerequisites.
General Biology: one semester with lab
(any biology course including a lab except botany)
|Zoology 101 and 102, or 151, or Biocore curriculum
|General Chemistry: two sequential courses with labs, or one semester of general chemistry with lab and one semester of biochemistry
|Chemistry 103 and 104, or 115 and 116 or 109
|General Physics: two sequential courses with labs
||Physics 103 and 104, or 201 and 202, or 207 and 208
|Human Anatomy: one semester, or the first semester of anatomy and physiology
|Anatomy 328* or Zoology 430
|Human Physiology: one semester with lab, or the second semester of anatomy and physiology with lab
||Physiology 335* or 435
|Exercise Physiology: one semester
||Kinesiology 314 (consent of instructor is needed if you are not a Kinesiology major)
Biomechanics: one semester
(course may be called Kinesiology)
|Kinesiology 318 (Anatomy 328 and consent of instructor are needed if you are not a Kinesiology major) or Biomedical Engineering 315
|Statistics: one semester
||Statistics 201, 301, 371 or Psychology 210 (does not qualify as a Psychology prerequisite)
| Psychology or Human Development: 6 credits There is no preference for admission if particular courses are taken.
* Please contact the Program Admissions Advisor (see box on the left) by April 1, 2013 if you are having difficulty enrolling in these courses for the Fall 2013 semester.
Courses should have similar names. If you question a course's equivalence, please contact the Program Admissions Advisor (see box on the left). Prerequisite courses are not transferred to UW-Madison. However our curriculum is based on all students having similar knowledge in all the required prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses may be taken at any accredited college or university, including 2 year campuses and technical colleges. Advanced Placement courses meet our prerequisites.
All application materials must be received by the admission deadline. Minimum Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and Grade Point Average (GPA) scores noted below must be achieved for your application to be considered.
GRE code: 0315.
- GRE scores are accepted up to 5 years old. Minimum required scores are:
- Verbal = 143
- Quantitative = 144
- Writing = 3.5
- Overall GPA of at least 3.0. This is calculated by PTCAS and includes all undergraduate, graduate and professional courses.
- Science GPA of at least 3.0 This is calculated by PTCAS and includes Anatomy, Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses.
- All prerequisite courses must be complete prior to the Program beginning in June, 2013. Prerequisite courses do not need to be complete when you apply.
The Program does not have an admissions interview.
Your personal statements, reference letters, Physical Therapy Observations and application are all included in non-academic factors. Your uniqueness of background and diversity of life experiences are highly valued. We strongly encourage you to describe these within the above documents.
- There is no specific community service, leadership or history that is required. Your individual experiences are to be reflected in the application.
Physical Therapy Observations:
- At least two verified PT Observations are required, each from a different type of physical therapy setting. Types of PT setting are identified in PTCAS and include Other as a choice.
- A minimum of 20 hours is required from each of the required two observations.
- You may submit more than two observations.
Program-Related Essential Functions
Be sure to read the Program-Related Essential Functions
. If there is anything that may interfere with your ability to successfully complete the Program, including fulfilling course requirements and participating in Program activities, please contact the Admissions Advisor or Program Director in advance to discuss accommodations. Reasonable requests for appropriate academic adjustments will be granted. All requests are treated confidentially.
The state of Wisconsin requires that all licensed caregivers and others associated with health and child-care facilities have criminal background checks. This law applies to students receiving clinical training. All students who enter the Program must complete a background check.
A convicted criminal offense may not preclude you from admission into the Program. However, due to Wisconsin state law, you may be precluded from internships, licensure, or employment.
International Applicant Requirements
In addition to all the above requirements, international applicants must have:
- A degree comparable to an approved US bachelor degree (World Education Services or similar evaluation of foreign transcripts)
- Quality of work high enough to warrant admission
- Evidence of adequate financial resources for the duration of the Program
- Applicants whose native language is not English, or who has not completed all their undergraduate work in English, must also provide an English proficiency test scores that is current withing the past 2 years. Preferred Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) scores are: 580 paper based, 237 computer based, 92 internet based.