Although baccalaureate degrees in physical therapy are offered at some institutions, a master’s degree is needed to begin practicing. Entrance requirements to physical therapy MS programs vary from school to school. Students should communicate directly with the schools of their choice to ensure appropriate undergraduate course scheduling at Faulkner.
An appropriate example is the master’s degree program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). At UAB applicants who hold a Bachelor’s must have completed the following:
- two years of biology (general and anatomy and physiology);
- one year of inorganic chemistry;
- one year of physics;
- one year of mathematics (calculus and statistics);
- one year of English;
- three psychology courses
In addition, students are advised to take courses in zoology, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Students need to maintain high GPA’s (a minimum 3.0 average in each category listed above) plus a minimum score of 1000 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to be competitive in the application process. At Faulkner University these requirements can be met by completing 132 semester hours in the BS degree plan. Some students may prefer to meet the minimum entrance requirements for physical therapy school by completing an alternative set of requirements for the BA degree.