Program Requirements

Physical Therapists are health care professionals who assist individuals of all ages in maximizing their functional abilities. Physical Therapists care directly to patients with musculoskeletal or neuromuscular conditions in order to restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. They develop and execute treatment plans for their patients utilizing therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, modalities and education to assist individuals in achieving desired functional outcomes.

Course Name Credits MSJ Course(s) Pre-requisites
Principles of Biology I 4 BIO 111 & 111A  
General Physics I & II 8 PHY 201 & 201A
PHY 202 & 202A
MTH 185
Anatomy and Physiology I & II 8 BIO 201 & 201A
BIO 202 & 202A preferred
BIO 197 & 197A
BIO 198 & 198A
BIO 111 & CHE 112
General Chemistry I & II 8 CHE 111 & 111A
CHE 112 & 112A
Math placement 4 or higher
Statistics 3 MTH 176 MTH 098
Lifespan Development 3 PSY 204 or 205 PSY 103
Written Word 3 ENG 101  
Sociology 3 SOC 103  
Health Care Ethics 3 ETH:PHI 250  
Course Name Credits MSJ Course(s) Pre-requisites
Embryology 4 BIO 203 & 203A BIO 111
Neurobiology 4 BIO 328 & 328A BIO 201 or BIO 197
Pathophysiology 4 BIO 301 preferred or BIO 225 BIO 197 & BIO 198 or BIO 201 & BIO 202
Microbiology 4 BIO 305 & 305A BIO 112 & CHE 112
Cell Biology 4 BIO 310 & 310A BIO 111, CHE 112
Genetics 4 BIO 320 & 320A BIO 111, CHE 112 CHE 211
300 level or above Biology courses in Tissue Histology, Human Development, Movement Science/Kinesiology or Exercise Physiology


The courses that are listed above are commonly required or recommended by graduate schools.  In addition to the specific courses that are listed above, students are expected to take core courses in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.  Students who are interested in a particular school should refer to that school’s website for specific requirements.

HPAC Advisor:  Marsha Eifert-Mangine, EdD, PT, ATC
Office:  School of Health Sciences (SW141), 513-244-4785

Admission Requirements

Physical Therapy School Admission Requirements

Completion of clinical observation in the field is required by some schools. Many physical therapy educational programs (all programs in Ohio, including Mount St. Joseph University) are now utilizing the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) which is a centralized Web application that applicants to use a single application and one set of materials to apply to multiple physical therapist (PT) programs. To learn more about a career in physical therapy visit the APTA website at or the APTA produced video about a career in physical therapy available at A list of accredited physical therapy programs can be found at

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The revised GRE (implemented August 1, 2011) is a four-hour computerized exam that includes two multiple-choice sections (Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning) and an Analytical Writing Section. The reasoning sections are scored individually on a scale from 130 to 170 in one point increments and the writing section is scored on a scale from 0 to 6 in 0.5 point increments.  The GRE is offered year-round but you must wait 60 days to retake the exam. Students should take the exam 12-18 months before the expected date of entry to the professional program. Each school has its own minimum requirements.  Additional information and free test preparation materials are available at

Tri-state Schools

These summaries and course listings are intended to serve as guidelines. Please refer to the University Catalog at for the latest information on course listings.