Physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. Learn more about the classes and the national exam you need to prepare for a physical therapy school or college. Also learn information about physical therapy schools and general information about physical therapy.
What classes do I need to take?
The prerequisites courses vary slightly among the different Physical Therapy (PT) graduate programs. Learn the requirements of your respective program. You will find a list of all PT programs at the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) Programs Directory.
What is the national standardized test?
For most PT graduate programs, the ETS Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test (not any of the subject tests) is the test required. The best way to prepare for the general GRE test is to use the ETS free test preparation material on prepare for the general GRE.
What else should I know?
It is important that you learn and incorporate the Association of American Medical Colleges Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students in your academic and non-academic activities.
More information, such as what you should major in at UM-Dearborn and what else you can do to prepare for the PT profession, can be found in our FAQ section.