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Admissions traffic rules

To improve the efficiency of admissions, ACAPT members approved updated traffic rules in October 2020:

  • Physical therapy admissions traffic rules for programs 

  • Physical therapy admissions traffic rules for applicants  

  • Frequently-asked-questions:

  • Physical therapy admissions traffic rules FAQs for programs

  • Physical therapy admissions traffic rules FAQs for applicants

  • NOTE: ACAPT encourages institutions to acknowledge applicant efforts and mastery of course content by not penalizing applicants in the admissions process who have repeated courses and accepting an applicant’s highest grade achieved for a given course.


    Required entry-level prerequisite courses

    These common core prerequisites were created to provide more flexibility and to encourage more access to DPT schools for underrepresented minority (URM) students.

    Anatomy and physiology 

    One course in anatomy with lab AND one course in physiology with lab (or)

    A two-course sequence in anatomy and physiology, each with lab

    Two courses in biological sciences (not botany) 

    Two courses in general chemistry with lab 

    Two courses in general physics with lab 

    One course in psychology 

    One course in statistics

    Prerequisite courses - approved by ACAPT membership in 2012

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