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.
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
Through the Educational Leadership Partnership (ELP), ACAPT, APTA and the APTA Academy of Education, are promoting the use of fact sheets that provide financial information on DPT and PTA programs in a consistent manner so that student and prospective students can more easily compare costs between schools.
See the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program Financial Fact Sheet 2020-2021 here. We encourage all PT programs to post the completed fact sheets on their academic programs' websites.
In 2018, ACAPT members approved the Alternate Approval Pathway (AAP) developed by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) to help ease the administrative burden during the initial processes of students entering the PT community.
Contact FSBPT if your jurisdiction is interested in opting into AAP.
Prerequisite courses - approved by ACAPT membership in 2012
ACAPT Institutional Profile Survey results including prerequisite courses
PTCAS comparison of course prerequisites by program
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The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) is a component of the American Physical Therapy Association