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Application Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

The courses below are required for admission; you may apply while coursework is in progress:

Prerequisite Coursework Semester hours Quarter hours
General Biology with lab 4 6
General Chemistry with lab 8 12
Physics with lab 8 12
Humanities/Social Studies (must include Psychology) 9 12
English, including Composition 3 4
Statistics 3 4
Anatomy & Physiology with lab 8 12
  • All prerequisite course work must be completed at an accredited institution of higher education prior to matriculation.
  • Applicants must have completed at least two-thirds of the required prerequisite coursework prior to application.
  • Please see PTCAS for further details on prerequisite coursework.

Bachelor's Degree

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education prior to matriculation into the program.


  • Competitive overall and science GPAs.
  • Successful candidates typically have overall and science GPAs above 3.5.
  • All prerequisite coursework grades must be “C” or higher
  • Science prerequisite coursework (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology) must have been completed within the last five years.
  • Transfer credits from professional programs are not accepted. RFUMS does not grant advanced standing regardless of previous academic experience or professional status. 


  • The Graduate Education Record (GRE) examination taken within five years of the time of application.
  • The General Examination is sufficient to meet this requirement.
  • There is no minimum score for the GRE requirement. Successful candidates typically have scores in the 50th percentile and Analytical writing scores above 4.0.
  • Please release your GRE scores to code #7675 for "Rosalind Franklin U Phys Therapy".
  • Applicants who have taken the GRE multiple times are strongly encouraged to submit all scores.

Physical Therapy Exposure

  • Applicants must have a strong understanding of the profession; applicants must have worked or volunteered for a minimum of 40 hours in a physical therapy practice.
  • To be the most competitive applicant, PT exposure in a variety of settings is encouraged.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Letter from a licensed physical therapist.
  • Letter from a science, math, or liberal arts professor under which the applicant has studied.
  • Letter from a person of the applicant’s choice who has supervised work experience or is otherwise uniquely qualified to comment on potential for professional study.
  • These three letters are required and must be submitted through PTCAS.

Computer Competency

Proficiency in basic computer skills.