Pre-Physical Therapy students are advised to take a broad, general education program to gain background in the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. Most professional schools do not require a specific undergraduate major, although many students seeking admission to professional schools in the sciences elect an exercise science major.
Admission to most medical schools is based on academic achievement as indicated by the grade point average, placement on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), recommendations, and personal interviews. Since medical schools have more qualified applicants for admission that they can accept, it cannot be too strongly emphasized that a strong academic record is required for acceptance. Admission committees usually do not publish expected or cut-off scores for grade point average. However, competition for the limited number of positions is intense; transcripts are reviewed with regard to consistency of performance, course loads and the degree of difficulty of the curriculum.
The minimum requirements for admission vary somewhat from institution to institution, but a typical list of requirements includes English Composition (6 semester hours), Biological Sciences with lab (8 hours), Inorganic Chemistry with lab (8 hours), Organic Chemistry with lab (8 hours), Physics with lab (8 hours) and Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours). A quantitative background, including Calculus, is recommended.
The MCAT should be taken in the spring of the junior year, but only after completing the required courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
The pre-physical therapy preparation is designed to prepare students for doctoral programs in physical therapy. Most students interested in physical therapy should complete a four year degree with the pre-professional specialization option in exercise science, and take the GRE exams.
Students interested in this professional field should consult the chair of the Department of Sport Science as early as possible after their entrance into Davis & Elkins College.