Prerequisites

A Career in Physical Therapy

Physical therapists work with patients who have lost certain physical abilities through injury or illness to relieve their pain, help them regain physical strength, help them recover the use of an affected limb, or relearn how to perform the activities of daily living. Evaluating a patient’s physical ability through testing, which includes range of motion tests, manual-muscle tests, gait and functional analysis, and other diagnostic tools , helps the therapist establish a program for the patient, teach the patient techniques they need to use, and monitor their progress. Physical therapists work in rehabilitation, community health, industry, sports, research, education, and administration.

The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties certifies qualified physical therapists in seven areas of specialty (cardiopulmonary, clinical electro-physiology, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, and sports physical therapy).

For more information about ACU’s pre-physical therapy programs, please contact:

Advisor: Dr. Joe Bell
ACU Box 28084
Abilene, TX 79699
325-674-2332
Office: SRWC 229B
bellj@acu.edu

Physical Therapy Schools in Texas

The physical therapy science prerequisites vary by school and change frequently. Students must contact each school to learn the most recent information regarding the required GPA, letters of recommendation, course prerequisites, and other admissions requirements.

 

HSU

Abilene

TSU

Houston

TWU

Dallas or Houston

TTU

Lubbock

UIW

San Antonio

UTSA

San Antonio

UTMB

Galveston

UTSW

Dallas

UTEP

El Paso 

Degree Offered DPTDPTDPTDPTDPTDPTDPTDPTDPT
Hours Required DegreeDegreeDegreeDegreeDegree90 hrs.DegreeDegreeDegree
BIOL

112/114

113/115

491/493

492/495

492/495, 491/493

OR

291/293

292/294

291/293

292/294

112/114

113/115

491/493

492/495

112/114

113/115

291/293 292/294

OR

491/493 492/495

491/493

492/495

 

 

112/114

113/115

492/495

112/114 113/115 491/492, 492/495

 

112/114

113/115

492/495

CHEM

133/131

134/132

133/131

134/132

133/131

134/132

133/131

134/132

133/131 134/132

133/131

134/132

133/131

134/132

133/131

134/132

133/131

134/132

PHYS

110/111

112/113

110/111

112/113

110/111

112/113

110/111

112/113

110/111 112/113

110/111

112/113

110/111

112/113

110/111

112/113

110/111

112/113

MATH nonenone 109 (or higher)nonenonenone109 or 185109+none
Stats 3 hrsBIOL 483

3 hrs

3 hrs3 hrs3 hrs3 hrs

3hs

3hrs
PSYC

120

232 or 382

120

232 or 382

120

232 or 382

3 hrs

120, 232
232

120

232

120

232 or 382

120 (232 or 382)

Medical

Terminology

noneRequiredRequirednoneRequirednoneRecomm.Requirednone
Other Prerequisites

COMS 111

 

nonenonenone

FLSP 111 

FLSP 112

SOCI 111

COMS 111

 

 

ENGL 111, 112none

COMS 111

ENGL 111, 112, 326

 

Volunteer experience in the field is recommended to strengthen a student’s interpersonal skills as well as increase his understanding of career requirements. In Texas, physical therapists must receive a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.