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Pre-Physical Therapy

Marymount University offers opportunities to prepare for entry to Marymount’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The pre-professional requirements for this program can be met through a variety of undergraduate fields.

The Malek School of Health Professions outlines one option, through its health sciences major/pre-physical therapy emphasis. The School of Arts and Sciences outlines another option, through its biology major/molecular and cellular biology track. However, students should consider majoring in the subject area in which they have the strongest aptitude and interest.

An academic advisor can help students interested in preparing for entry to a physical therapy graduate program. For information about Marymount’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, see the university’s Graduate Catalog. Special admission consideration is given to current Marymount students who have completed at least two full-time semesters at Marymount prior to applying, Marymount graduates, and persons from minority groups who are underrepresented in the profession.

A pre-physical therapy plan of study is rigorous, and substantial academic discipline is needed to complete the coursework consistent with stated program prerequisites.

Physical Therapy Scholars Program

This competitive program, open to first-time college students, guarantees admission into the physical therapy (PT) doctoral program to a select group of well-qualified incoming freshmen. These students, chosen by the PT admissions committee, must meet stringent acceptance and continuation requirements. To be accepted into the program, a student must have

  • a score of 1100 or above on SATs;
  • a minimum high school GPA of 3.3;
  • a minimum high school mathematics and science GPA of 3.3, or its equivalent;
  • three years of high school science (chemistry, biology, and physics preferred);
  • three years of high school mathematics;
  • four years of high school English; and
  • a completed essay for the Marymount University undergraduate admissions application.

To continue in the program, a student must

  • maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.3;
  • maintain a minimum science GPA of 3.3 (A science GPA is defined as the grades received in the prerequisite science courses);
  • demonstrate active involvement in the greater Marymount community;
  • complete 40 hours of observation or volunteer service work in a physical therapy clinical setting, verified by a physical therapist from the clinical setting. These hours may be completed at more than one clinical facility; and
  • obtain a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the student’s academic major.

Decisions regarding general undergraduate admission to the university and admission to the PT Scholars Program are done separately. Qualified applicants interested in the PT Scholars Program should contact the Office of Admissions for specific application instructions.

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