Methodist University: Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Program: 3 years (8 semesters consisting of 127 credit hours), admits 40 students, and starts in late August.

Application: Apply between July and October 1st. An interview is a part of the process.

In-State and Out-of-State Tuition (total): $94,872. This does include fees, but does not include additional costs.

Admission Info:

  • Average GPA: 3.3
  • Average Prerequisite GPA: 3.3
  • GRE Scores: Quantitative and Verbal - 50th percentile is competitive; Analytical - Info not listed
  • Average health care experience: at least 100 hours in multiple settings.
  • Three letters of recommendation: Faculty member in the applicant's major, and Licensed physical therapist (not related to the applicant), and Another faculty member or licensed physical therapist (not related to the applicant).


No prerequisite courses with a grade less than a "C". Candidates are expected to have no more than two prerequisite courses remaining to be taken in the Spring after they apply. However, exceptions may be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to starting the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Chemistry prerequisite courses must have been completed within ten years prior to application. Work experience or graduate level education in a related field (e.g., athletic training, exercise physiology etc.) may be accepted, at the discretion of the admissions committee, in lieu of the ten-year prerequisite course time limitation. Advanced placement credits are not accepted for prerequisite courses.

  • Chemistry, 8 credits: General College Chemistry I and II with labs.(UNCW: CHM 101 and CHM 102)
  • Physics, 8 credits: General College Physics I and II with labs. (UNCW: PHY/L 101 and PHY/L 102)
  • Biology, 8 credits: General Biology I and II with labs (Botany, Zoology, and Ecology courses are not acceptable) or General Biology I and upper level Biology with labs. Suggested courses include Microbiology, Embryology, and Cellular Physiology. Exercise Physiology may be accepted, at the discretion of the admissions committee, in lieu of the upper level biology course. (UNCW: BIO 201 and BIO 202)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology, 8 credits: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II or individual courses of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology with a lab in each. (UNCW: BIO 201 and BIO/L 240 and BIO/L 241)
  • Statistics, 3 credits: Introductory Statistics. (UNCW: STT 210 or STT 215)
  • Psychology, 6 credits: Two semesters of psychology including General Psychology and one additional psychology course. Suggested courses include Developmental Psychology, Child Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, or Psychology of Disability. (UNCW: PSY 105 and another PSY course)

UNCW course recommendations: Student must verify the correct coursework needed for each program.