Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements and Procedures to Follow

Full-time students are admitted to the program, which starts in the fall semester of each year.  The program invites applications from individuals who have or will have received by the time of enrollment a baccalaureate degree granted by a college or university of recognized standing.

The minimum prerequisites for admission include the following coursework:

Basic Sciences
General Biology
(8 credits)

2 courses with laboratory

Applicants whose institution is on a quarter system must take a 3-part course sequence or 3 distinct courses.

Anatomy & Physiology
(6-8 credits)

2 separate and distinct courses or 2 semesters of combined Anatomy & Physiology I and II. Lab is not required but preferred.

Upper Divisional Biology
(3-4 credits)

300-400 level course designated for junior-senior standing.

Kinesiology and Exercise Science majors can use an Exercise Physiology, Motor Control or Motor Learning course to fulfill this prerequisite.

All other undergraduates majors or students fulfilling prerequisites as post-baccalaureate candidates must take this course through an appropriate science department.

General Chemistry
(8 credits)
2 courses with laboratory
General Physics
(8 credits)
2 courses with laboratory
Behavioral Sciences
(6 credits)
No preference as to which psychology courses taken
Mathematical or Social Sciences
(3 credits)


Business or Economics statistics does not fulfill this requirement

Humanities & Social Sciences

5 courses which cover a broad range of subjects that most institutions require as partial fulfillment of the baccalaureate degree. Courses may include, but are not limited to: anthropology, communications, history, law, political science, economics, government, psychology, sociology, classics, literature, philosophy, religion, art history.


Standardized Tests*


Columbia University English Placement Test

General Aptitude portion which includes verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing.

Required for international students who have graduated from a college or university where English was not the language of instruction.

Can be substituted for the TOEFL.

*Information regarding the GRE can be found at
Columbia University Code: 7745 GRE Code for PT: 0619
Information on the TOEFL examination can be found at
Information on Columbia's English Placement Test can be found at
Volunteer or Work-Related ExperienceMinimum 75 hours, which can be completed at one facility or a combination of practice environments.
Letters of Recommendation

2 from academic sources

1 from a physical therapist

It is recommended that an applicant still in school to earn a baccalaureate degree use a professor in his/her major as one of the academic references.

Certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) & First AidCopies of the certificates can be scanned and sent directly to the program c/o Mrs. Cynthia Worthington, Admissions Coordinator, at
ResumeSent directly to the program as an email attachment. Emails should be sent to Mrs. Worthington at the email address above.
InterviewRequired if found to be competitive for admissions consideration

At least 14 of the 17 prerequisite courses outlined above should be completed at the time of application. It is strongly recommended that all the biological science courses be completed by the December application deadline date.

Advanced placement credit cannot be used to fulfill prerequisite course work. The courses waived based on advanced credit do not need to be repeated, but supplemental courses need to be taken. For example, advanced placement credit for Biology I and II can be fulfilled by taking any two Biology courses such as Microbiology, Genetics, etc.

Applicants wishing to complete prerequisite courses online must have approval by the Program's Admissions Committee prior to enrollment. 

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