Requirements to Apply for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Degree requirement: A bachelor's degree must be completed before entrance in to the program.

Prerequisite courses: A minimum 3.0 GPA in the following courses:

Biology*: Human Anatomy and Human Physiology with labs 4 credits each
Exercise Physiology*: Exercise Physiology
Chemistry*: Two semesters of general chemistry with corresponding labs
(General chemistry for science/health majors, not introduction to chemistry) 4 credits each
Physics*: Two semesters of general physics with corresponding labs
(General physics for science/health majors, not introduction to physics) 4 credits each
Mathematics: Statistics
Psychology: 1 Semester of Introduction to Psychology and
1 Semester of Child Development or Adult Development or Human Growth and Development over the Life Span
Social Science: Abnormal Psychology or Introduction to Sociology or Sociocultural Anthropology
Medical Terminology: Medical Terminology
(This requirement can be waived by a statement from professor or employer noting competency in medical terminology)

* These prerequisite courses must have been completed in the past seven years

Look at the prerequisites courses you can take at your school:

Graduate Test Scores:

Entrance Exam
Graduate Record Examination
(Minimum combined score of 950 with at least 420 in verbal)
(Minimum combined score of 295 with at least 148 in verbal on the revised GRE taken after August 1, 2011)
Minimum analytical writing score of 4.0
For more information about the GRE or to schedule a test, visit their website
Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Minimum score of 390.
For more information about the MAT or to schedule a test, visit their website
TOEFL International students must complete the TOEFL examination with a total score of 550 (paper based text) or 213 (computer based test)
Observation hours: Minimum 80 hours of physical therapy experience (paid, volunteer, observation/shadow, etc) from at least two different physical therapy settings. Applicants must observe a physical therapist, not an aid or assistant.
Letters of Recommendation/Reference You need 3 letters of recommendation. Two letters MUST be from physical Therapists who have observed your experience. One letter MUST come from a professor, instructor or an advisor.

* ISU will only accept GRE and MAT scores from tests taken within the past five years.

If you have any questions about prerequisite courses, please contact:
Nelda Wellard, (208) 282-4095 or


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209