Admission Factors

Phyical therapy programs generally consider the following factors when deciding who to admit.

Academic ability

Patient contact experiences

Many schools require volunteer or paid experience working with patients in a physical therapy setting.  We encourage students to review the Required PT Observation Hours chart to learn about a specific program’s requirement. Volunteer experiences allow applicants to test their career decision and be confident that PT is a good fit. Applicants who have researched and gained direct exposure to the profession will also be better prepared to write a compelling application essay and respond to interview questions.

Obtaining PT experiences

Letters of reference

Most physical therapy degree programs require letters of references, and may require that these letters come from particular individuals, such as a physical therapist, professor, or academic advisor.