Physical Therapy Requirements

University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC)

  • Physical Therapists work with patients of every age, assisting with the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.
  • The University of Tennessee Health Science Center offers a three-year professional program. Graduates of this program are awarded the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. No online science courses allowed.
  • There is no particular major required for physical therapy although a strong background in science is highly recommended. It is the applicant's responsibility to research each school and review recommended coursework in addition to verifying the prerequisites listed below. Application dates and deadlines may vary.
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree and the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is required for admission to all programs.



Courses UofM Course  # of hours required by UTHSC
Anatomy & Physiology BIOL 2010/2011
BIOL 2020/2021
General Biology BIOL 1110/1111
BIOL 1120/1121
General Chemistry CHEM 1110/1111
CHEM 1120/1121
General Physics PHYS 2010/2011
PHYS 2020/2021
Statistics EDPR 4541, MATH 1530,
SOCI 3311, MATH 4611
Math MATH 1720 or higher 3
Psychology PSYC 1030 and one additional course 6