Doctor of Physical Therapy

Admission Requirements

Pre-Physical Therapy

Prior to admission, a minimum of 90 semester hours of credit from an approved college or university is required. Students should be broadly educated in the sciences and humanities. The Department of Physical Therapy recognizes that, since physical therapy deals with people, an understanding of literature, art, history, ethics, and philosophy is an adjunct to a physical therapist. Science and humanities are both viewed as necessary for the practice of physical therapy.

The following list of courses and credits indicates the core prerequisites all applicants must complete prior to admission to the physical therapy program. It is strongly recommended that students be computer literate prior to entering the professional program. Students may take additional electives from any field of study; however, the depth of the pre-physical therapy education should demonstrate that students have progressed from simple to complex studies in at least one content area. This requirement might typically be demonstrated by a discipline major, but in any case should demonstrate a basic comprehensiveness and integrity of study within a particular content area. This does not suggest that a separate undergraduate degree must be awarded; however, the breadth and depth in a discipline should be demonstrated. Course credits equivalent to a minor, i.e., approximately 20 credits at UND, in a particular discipline could accomplish this requirement. The prospective student should include eight (8) credits from upper level courses, i.e., 300 and/or 400 numbers.

  • Two semesters of General Biology (8 cr.)
  • Two semesters of General Chemistry (8 cr.)
  • Two semesters of General Physics (8 cr.)
  • One semester of Human Anatomy (3 cr.)
  • One semester of Human Physiology (3 to 4 cr.)
  • One semester of Introductory Psychology (3 cr.)
  • One semester of Developmental Psychology (3 to 4 cr.)
  • One semester of Abnormal Psychology (3 cr.)
  • One semester of a Public Speaking course (3 cr.)
  • One semester of an undergraduate statistics course (3 cr.)
  • Essential Studies requirements

All of the prerequisite coursework must be completed before entering the professional program; however, the prospective student may be enrolled in pre-professional coursework at the time of application. All students must apply for the professional program through the PTCAS system. WICHE-eligible students should also apply through the WICHE certification process. Please refer to the UND-PT website at: for application details.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance is on a competitive basis, with the major determinant being the basic science grade point average. The basic science GPA is defined as: biology (eight semester credits), chemistry (eight semester credits), physics (eight semester credits), anatomy (three semester credits), physiology (four semester credits), and psychology (seven semester credits). In addition to the science GPA, GRE score, and cumulative GPA, an interview and letters of reference will be considered in the admission process. Prospective students are expected to complete at least 60 hours of physical therapy observation prior to application.

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’s current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. Completion of the application for admission to the professional program and UND School of Graduate Studies application form.
  2. Submission of score from the Graduate Record Examination General Test.
  3. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  4. Applicants who have received their bachelors or masters degree in the United States or English-speaking Canada are not required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS.

Degree Requirements

  1. Students must be formally accepted into the professional education component of the DPT and endorsed by the Chair of Physical Therapy. NOTE: Acceptance by the UND Office of Admissions or the School of Graduate Studies does not constitute acceptance into the professional program in Physical Therapy.
  2. The professional education component of the DPT will require three academic years and two summer sessions following completion of the pre-physical therapy entrance requirements.
  3. No student will be allowed to remain in the program or complete the full-time clinical experiences unless he/she attains a letter grade of at least “C” in the major courses.
  4. To advance to candidacy, the student must successfully complete the first year comprehensive examination, and maintain a cumulative School of Graduate Studies GPA of ≥ 3.00 AND/OR a summer session GPA of ≥ 3.00. Students who fail to advance to candidacy during the first year will be dismissed from the professional program.
  5. After advancement to candidacy, the student is expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of ≥  3.00. The School of Graduate Studies will monitor the cumulative GPA, which must be ≥ 3.00. If the cumulative GPA is not ≥ 3.00, the School of Graduate Studies policies for probation and dismissal will govern the student’s status.
  6. Students in the professional program should be aware there are special requirements for clinical uniforms, professional liability insurance, medical insurance, immunizations, CPR certification, and completion of a criminal background check. These requirements must be met prior to any clinical contact with patients. The student will also be responsible for travel, housing, and food costs, in addition to the payment of tuition and fees, during the full-time clinical experience semesters. The majority of these experiences will be completed at geographical locations other than the City of Grand Forks.
  7. Prospective students should be aware that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to obtain a professional license to practice physical therapy.
  8. The faculty reserves the right to place on professional probation or to cancel the registration of any student in Physical Therapy whose performance in the classroom or the clinic is unsatisfactory.

Pre-Physical Therapy

ENGL 110College Composition I3
ENGL 130Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences3
COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Fine Arts and Humanities *9
BIOL 150
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory
BIOL 151
General Biology II
and General Biology II Laboratory
CHEM 121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 122
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Social Science3
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
PHYS 161
PHYS 162
Introductory College Physics I
and Introductory College Physics II
ANAT 204Anatomy for Paramedical Personnel3
PPT 301Human Physiology4
PSYC 250Developmental Psychology4
PSYC 270Abnormal Psychology3
Cognate/Minor (required)
Electives (required, minimum of 20 with emphasis in a single discipline)

Bachelor of General Studies Degree with Health Studies Option

This degree will be available to Physical Therapy students who:

  1. do not already have a baccalaureate degree,
  2. have completed at least 30 of the 90 pre-Physical Therapy credits at UND before beginning Professional Year One,
  3. have successfully completed fall, spring and summer semesters of Professional Year One.

The BGS degree would normally then be awarded at the end of the summer semester of Professional Year One if the student has completed all general UND graduation requirements:

  1. 120 total credits,
  2. 30 credits from UND,
  3. 36 upper-level credits,
  4. all essential studies requirements.

Professional Program - Physical Therapy

Plan of Study Grid
Professional Year 1
PT 402 Professional Communication and Behavior 2
PT 420 Musculoskeletal System Examination 2
PT 422 Anatomy for Physical Therapy 5
PT 423 Neuroscience for Physical Therapy 4
PT 435 Introduction to Patient/Client Care and Interventions 4
PT 510 Integrated Clinical Experience (Each semester during year one, a small group of students will perform a learning event outside of the PT department.) 0-1
PT 409 Clinical Pathology I 3
PT 412 Biomechanics and Kinesiology 4
PT 413 Exercise in Health and Disease 3
PT 415 Motor Control 3
PT 417 Clinical Exam and Evaluation I 4
PT 426 Manual Therapy I 2
PT 510 Integrated Clinical Experience (Each semester during year one, a small group of students will perform a learning event outside of the PT department.) 0-1
PT 410 Clinical Pathology II 3
PT 510 Integrated Clinical Experience (Each semester during year one, a small group of students will perform a learning event outside of the PT department.) 0-1
PT 512 Therapeutic Agents 3
PT 514 Case Management I 2
PT 519 Electrotherapy and Electrodiagnosis 2
Professional Year 2
PT 521 Critical Inquiry I 1
PT 528 Clinical Education I 9
PT 529 Clinical Education II 9
PT 522 Administration in Physical Therapy 3
PT 523 Lifespan I 3
PT 524 Psychological Aspects of Disability 2
PT 525 Clinical Examination and Evaluation II 3
PT 527 Critical Inquiry II 2
PT 540 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 2
PT 584 Evidence in Practice 2
PT 550 Interprofessional Health Care 0-1
Electives 0-2
PT 535 Lifespan II 2
PT 544 Pharmacology for Physical Therapists 1
PT 545 Medical Imaging for Physical Therapists 2
PT 591 Research in Physical Therapy 2
PT 592 Case Management II 2
Electives 1-2
Professional Year 3
PT 511 Applied Movement Science and Rehabilitation Procedures 4
PT 526 Manual Therapy II 2
PT 539 Prevention and Wellness 2
PT 541 Clinical Examination and Evaluation III 3
PT 561 Seminar:Physical Therapy 1
PT 550 Interprofessional Health Care 0-1
Electives 1-3
PT 552 Clinical Education III 9
PT 553 Clinical Education IV 9
PT 995 Scholarly Project 1
 Total CreditsMinimum of 125 credits required

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