Physical Therapy (PPHT)

Physical Therapy (PPHT)

Academic Preparation for Admission into Texas Doctoral Physical Therapy Programs

Physical therapists provide health care services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. They restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health. The goal is to improve how an individual functions at work and at home by improving the client’s strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function. Clients include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions.

Some physical therapists treat a wide range of ailments; others specialize in areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, neurology, and cardiopulmonary physical therapy. They frequently consult and practice with physicians, dentists, nurses, educators, social workers, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) identifies 10 accredited physical therapy programs in Texas. At present nine of the ten programs offer a Doctoral level program, the remaining program will offer the Doctoral level program in summer of 2010. Prerequisites for these doctoral programs include a balance of coursework in humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math) as defined by APTA. Math and science coursework are recommended for completion at 4-year institutions with upper division, science major credible, natural science coursework. Although no specific major and/or minor is specified, most successful applicants major and / or minor is within the natural sciences. Admission to an accredited Texas PT program is highly competitive due to the small entry cohort; a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0- point scale is considered minimum. The Graduate Record Exam is required for all PT programs, however its use as part of the admission profile varies between the Physical Therapy schools. As with any of the competitive admission medical programs, students should formulate viable alternative strategies if their application attempts are unsuccessful. Unsuccessful physical therapy students are frequently found among the successful medical school applicants.

Serious students seeking career opportunities in field of Physical Therapy should seek advisement from the Office of Medical & Allied Health Programs. The specialized sequence of coursework meets basic prerequisite needs of the Texas PT programs within the scope of a generalized natural science major and minor. This approach provides the greatest flexibility for alternative strategies should they be necessary.

The following suggested curriculum includes current requirements of the Texas doctoral Physical Therapy Programs and meets the requisite Sam Houston State University Core. Every attempt has been made to assure the information to be correct, but it is subject to change at the convenience of the specific Physical Therapy program(s). This curriculum guide in no way abrogates a student's responsibility to verify admission requirements for the specific program they wish to enter.

PPHT Prerequisites

Professional Associations:
American Physical Therapy Association

Texas Physical Therapy Association

For further information on physical therapy programs in Texas:

Angelo State University (DPT)
Department of Physical Therapy
2601 W. Avenue N
ASU Station # 10923
San Angelo, TX 76909-0923

Hardin-Simmons University (DPT)
Department of Physical Therapy
2200 Hickory
Box 16065
Abilene, TX 79698-6065
888-820-0218 (Admissions/Student Inquiry)

Texas State University-San Marcos (DPT)
Department of Physical Therapy
Health Science Center
601 University Dr
San Marcos, TX 78666-4616

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (DPT)
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
3601 4th St
Lubbock, TX 79430

Texas Woman’s University (DPT)
School of Physical Therapy
6700 Fannin St
Houston, TX 77030-2343
940-898-2460 (Admissions/Student Inquiry)

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