The Master in Physical therapy (MPT) is required for professional preparation to be a Physical Therapist. This degree will take approximately two and a half years to complete.

Students are not required to pursue a specifc BA/BS degree, it is important that they complete the core prerequisite courses in preparation for the MPT degree. Most of the courses are in the natural sciences and include such subjects as biology, anatomy, physiology, chemistry and physics. Kinesiology with a pre-physical therapy option and biology are often chosen majors.

Physical Therapists help patients, including accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low-back pain, arthritis, heart disease, fractures, head injuries, and cerebral palsy, by providing treatment through physical means (exercise, weight lifting, special equipment, hot and cold packs, traction, whirlpool baths, swimming pools, etc.). Physical therapy seeks to improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or minimize permanent physical disabilities. They restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health. Therapists work under the direction of a physician to assist patients in overcoming or compensating for any loss of function and in restoring physical and emotional health. Registered physical therapists can work independently of physicians. Education: to work as a physical therapist one must graduate with a master's or doctorate degree, from an accredited physical therapist educational program. All states require physical therapists to pass a state licensure exam before they can practice. For additional information about the physical therapy field view the following website: www.apta.org

The Physical Therapy Academic Prerequisites

  • The following universities offer graduate degrees in Physical Therapy. Both the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) require baccalaureate degrees. The best resources for information in the Physical Therapy websites listed for each institution.
  • Additional admission requirements include a bachelor's degree and program prerequisites and may include the GRE, letters of recommendation, a competitive GPA, work or volunteer experience in a Physical Therapy setting.

CSU Northridge
Masters of Physical Therapy
BIOL 122, 120, 121
CHEM 101, 102
PHYS 105, 106
MATH 136
PSYCH 101, 115

CSU Long Beach
Masters of Physical Therapy
BIOL 120, 121
BIOL 101,102
CHEM 101, 102
PHYS 105, 106
PSYCH 101

Western University of Health Science
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Admission Requirements

BIOL 120 and 121
CHEM 101 and 102 or 120 and 121
ENGL 101, 102, 104
PHYS 105 and 106
MATH 136
2 Psychology courses

University of Southern California
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Department website

BIOL 120, 121
BIOL 101, 102
CHEM 101
PHYS 105, 106
PSYCH 101
MATH 103 (preferred)

Physical Therapy Websites
The American Physical Therapy Association
California Chapter American Physical Therapy Association

Additional Universites that offer programs in Physical Therapy:

  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Chapman College
  • CSU Fresno
  • CSU Sacramento
  • Loma Linda University
  • Mount St. Mary's College
  • Samuel Merritt College
  • UC San Francisco
  • University of the Pacific

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