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Grand Valley State University    
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Sep 16, 2019
2011-2012 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy

  • All application and supporting documents have a receipt deadline of October 15.
  • Completion of bachelor’s degree and prerequisite coursework. All prerequisites must be taken for letter grades. The prerequisites and undergraduate degree must be completed by the first day of classes of the professional program. Students in process of completing these must submit a written plan outlining courses and degree completion (include course name, number, credit hours, semester and university.)
Prerequisite Course Name GVSU Course Equivalent
Introductory biology (that includes cellular structure and function) with lab BIO 120
Anatomy with lab BMS 208 & 309
Physiology with lab BMS 290 & 291
Exercise physiology MOV 304
College algebra, trigonometry, or calculus MTH 122, 123, 125, or 201
Statistics STA 215
Two sequential courses in physics with lab PHY 220 & 221
Introductory psychology PSY 201
Lifespan developmental psychology PSY 364
Introductory sociology, social problems, or cultural anthropology SOC 201, 208, or ANT 204


  • Students must have a minimum average GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in prerequisite course requirements, and a 3.2 overall GPA to be considered for admission.
  • The GRE score from the general test and writing test must be submitted prior to the application deadline. No subject tests are required.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills. On-site interview may be required. Practice interviews for GVSU student and alumni are available by contacting Career Services.
  • Two letters of recommendation must be submitted. One must be from a licensed physical therapist.
  • Observational experience. A minimum of 50 hours of observational experience in physical therapy (two or more settings) is required. The experience may be on a volunteer or paid basis. This information must be recorded on the PT Abbreviated Resume form available online or through the university. Examples of clinical settings include inpatient, outpatient, extended care, and school. Students are not required to submit documentation from their respective observational experiences.
  • Additional activities. Additional educational, professional, leadership, scholarly and volunteer activities are valued and must be documented on the PT Abbreviated Resume form.
  • Individuals must be able to perform all technical standards of the physical therapy program.
  • Foreign born applicants must be able to communicate well in English. The following minimal scores are expected: TOEFL 610 or computer-based TOEFL 253.

Requirements for the D.P.T.

Demonstration of completion of the 120 credits in the professional curriculum is required for completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Professional Program Requirements for the DPT

Curriculum for Doctor of Physical Therapy

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Physical Therapy Program Description

Click here for the program description.