Undergraduate Preparation for Degree Programs in Physical Therapy
All of the general education courses required to become a physical therapist may be completed at OSU. To become a registered physical therapist, students must have earned a bachlors degree prior to matriculation.
PHYSICAL THERAPY ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS & ADVISEMENT WORKSHEET
The advisement worksheet was prepared for OSU students planning to complete their physical therapy education at the University of Oklahoma, and receive a doctoral degree in physical therapy.
ADVISEMENT AT OSU: Any student, including freshmen, planning to enter a health professions program should come to the Life Sciences and Pre-Health Professions Advising Office, located in room 213 Life Sciences East. All incoming students should consider enrolling in UNIV 2511, Introduction to Health Careers, offered each fall semester.
GRADEPOINT REQUIREMENT: Students must have at least a 2.75 GPA in all college work attempted and have earned a "C" or better in the required courses. The average overall and science GPA were 3.5.
OBSERVATION REQUIREMENT: Students must observe at least 40 hours in a variety of physical therapy settings prior to application.
GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION (GRE) SCORES: All applicants must take the general Graduate Record Exam (www.ets.org), which is given every business day. Students should take the test preferably in April, but no later that October, preceding the application deadline. For information about the GRE test and for registration forms, students should contact Oklahoma State University Assessment and Testing, 107 UAT Building. (405) 744-6687.
SELECTION OF MAJOR: It should be emphazided that "Pre-Physical Therapy" is not a major. It simply means that the student is meeting requirements for admission to a Physical Therapy program. Thus, in addition to satisfying these requirements, the student should be working toward a baccalaureate degree in some discipline. In the College of Arts and Sciences, incoming freshman are "undeclared" majors until after their first semester (12 hours). During this time, the student will have an advisor assigned in room 213 Life Sciences East to help them with enrollment and exploration of a major. There is no recommended major for Pre-Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy programs encourage a broad general curriculum in the social sciences and humanities in addition to a high level of competence in the physical and biological sciences. Good communication skills are also important. Beyond this, the best advice for students is to select a major in a discipline that will offer satisfying challenges and provides a viable alternative to Physical Thearpy if they are not admitted.
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