Pre-Physical Therapy

Physical Rehabilitation Program at UNT


Physical Therapy Specialties

General PT | Cardiovascular & Pulmonary | Clinical Electrophysiology | Geriatrics | Neurology | Oncology | Orthopaedics | Pediatrics | Sports | Women's Health


Physical therapists help patients recover from physical limitations due to injury or ailment. The ultimate goal of physical therapy is to bring the patient to optimal health using exercise and movement in the effected area. 

Students preparing for a career in Physical Therapy are classified as Pre-Physical Therapy. To qualify for admission to a physical therapy program, students must take the necessary prerequisites for each school. A bachelor's degree is also required for admission. 


What do I need to become a physical therapist?

In order to become a physical therapist, an individual must earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, DPT. A bachelor's degree is required for admission to a DPT program. Certification is also required to specialize in a particular area of physical therapy, like pediatrics, geriatrics, or neurology. To learn more about the process of earning certifications, please visit the American Board or Physical Therapy Specialties

Which major should I select at UNT for a pre-PT path? 

Popular/Possible majors for pre-physical therapy students at UNT:

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Pre-PT/Allied Health Track, College of Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Studies, College of Health and Public Service
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health, College of Health and Public Service
  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Note: Physical Therapy programs do not require a particular degree. As long as you complete a bachelor's degree, along with all prerequisites, you will meet the education requirements of a DPT program. 

For more information about each major, please visit the UNT Catalog and select 'majors, minors, certificates' that is found beneath the link to ‘Catalog Home’.

What courses do I need for physical therapy programs?

Please refer to our Pre-Physical Therapy Packet for a list of prerequisites for each Texas PT program. To review prerequisites for PT programs outside of Texas, please refer to each individual school's website. 

Timeline: When do I apply to physical therapy school?

Students must apply to physical therapy schools one year before entering a program. On the traditional four-year path, students will apply during the summer after their junior year of college, complete their bachelor's degree at the end of their senior year, and enter PT school the following summer/fall semester.
Note: Each student's timeline is different. Your UNT academic advisor/counselor is committed to creating a plan that accommodates your individual goals and circumstances. 

What makes a competitive application to physical therapy school?

Admission to a physical therapy program is very competitive and students should create a strategic plan well in advance. Below you will find typical categories of a competitive application. Please contact our advisors in the UNT Office of Health Professions to further explore each competitive characteristic and to create your pre-physical therapy plan. 

Call, click or come by for more information!

Office of Health Professions:  940-369-7500 | | Hickory Hall, Room 256

competitive application: gpa, gre, community service, pt tech. experience , leadership, university organizations/extracurriculars, shadowing different PT specialities
GPA 3.6-4.0
GRE Verbal: 150+
Quantitative: 150+
Writing: 4+
Shadowing 200+ Hrs
Volunteering 200-400 Hrs, schools vary

What is the GRE?

The GRE, Graduate Record Examinations, is the entrance exam that must be taken before applying to physical therapy programs. The score range for the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE is 130-170. The range for the writing section is 0-6. For more information about the GRE, please visit the official ETS website.

How do I apply to physical therapy school?

Physical Therapy programs in the United States use one application service to obtain your information:

Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service, PTCAS

Are there any scholarships available to pre-physical therapy students?

Yes, the following scholarship is offered to pre-health students:

The Dr. Charles D. and Vernil Mitchell Endowed Scholarship

To be considered, a student must enroll as a full-time undergraduate student in any degree-granting major in the College of Science and be a graduate of any high school in Dallas ISD.  For more information about this scholarship, please contact Todd Lang.

Additionally, general scholarships are offered to students through each department and college across campus. Below you will find scholarship webpages for the popular majors listed above:

College of Education:

  • Kinesiology majors should click on the 'College of Education' link for more information.

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences:

  • Psychology Major Scholarships
  • Integrative Studies majors should click on the 'College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences' link for more information.

College of Health and Public Service:

  • Rehabilitation Studies Major Scholarships
  • Public Health majors should click on the 'College of Health and Public Service' link for more information

If you do not see your major listed under one of the two colleges listed above, please visit the scholarship website of the college that houses your major.

What pre-health student organizations are there at UNT? 

HERE you will find a list of health-related student organizations at UNT. 

Professional Organizations and Resources

American Physical Therapy Association
Careers in Physical Therapy
Texas Physical Therapy Association
Explore Health Careers

Who can help me create a plan for this career path?

If you are a current student, please visit to schedule an appointment.

For general questions email:

To view contact information for individual pre-health advisors, visit this siteOn the left, under "Office of Health Professions Pre-Health Advising" you will find all of the pre-health advisors' emails. 



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