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An undergraduate education provides students with the opportunity to grow personally and intellectually; allowing them the time and resources to discover a breadth of new ideas and topics as well as to build and to explore their own interests and passions in depth.  Therefore, students should seek a broad education during their undergraduate years.  There is no required major for entrance to physical therapy (PT) programs.  The following represents what UTSA courses can be taken to fulfill the core and program prerequisites for entry to the DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).  Please note that all requirements are subject to approval by UTHSCSA and are subject to change.  Further, because there is some variation in requirements for other physical therapy programs, students are advised to consult individual programs for their specific and most current information.


The application period for the DPT Program at UTHSCSA is from August 15 to November 1 for the following fall.  Applicants must have a program prerequisite and science/math GPA of at least 3.0. Further information on their application process is available at: and at  We recommend that students also learn about the admissions processes for other PT programs.  Some programs across the country will accept applications through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) online (   Students should consult other individual programs of interest for specific information about their application processes.  Programs within Texas can be found online at, and others across the nation can be located on the website for the American Physical Therapy Association (  


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Required Areas of Study

UTSA Courses

Grade/  Sem

Prerequisites/ Corequisites

UTHSCSA Core Curriculum

(6 hrs lecture)

WRC 1013



WRC 1023


WRC 1013

U.S. History
(6 hrs lecture)

NOTE:  Any two of these three classes will fulfill the history requirement.

HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053



HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053



Political Science (6 hrs lecture)

POL 1013



POL 1133 or POL 1213



(3 hrs lecture)

NOTE:  MAT 1023 can fulfill UTHSCSA math requirement, but MAT 1073 should be taken in preparation for other PT prerequisite courses at UTSA.

MAT 1073 or higher


Satisfactory performance on placement exam

Visual/Performing Arts
(3 hrs lecture)

Any ART, AHC, MUS, or THR course



(3 hrs lecture)

Any HUM, PHI, or literature course



(13 hrs)

May not include developmental courses, work from technical institutions, or other coursework deemed inappropriate by the department.



Program Prerequisites

(6 hrs lecture; 2 hrs lab)







¹CHE 1103 or ²CHE 1143


¹Passing grade on Chemistry Placement Exam or C or better in CHE 1073 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in MAT 1073; ²Grade of “B” or higher in MAT 1073 and CHE 1073 or score of 60% or higher on chemistry placement exam

CHE 1121 Lab and
CHE 1120 Lab Lecture


Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHE 1103 or CHE 1143

¹CHE 1113 or ²CHE 1153


¹CHE 1103; ²“C” or better in CHE 1143 or “B” or better in CHE 1103 with instructor consent for CHE 1153

CHE 1131 Lab and
CHE 1130 Lab Lecture


CHE 1121 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHE 1113 or CHE 1153

General Biology
(6 hrs lecture; 2 hrs lab)

BIO 1404


MAT 1023 (not recommended for pre-PT students), MAT 1073 or higher; CHE 1073 or higher also recommended by UHPO

BIO 1122 Lab


Completion of or concurrent enrollment in BIO 1404

BIO 1413


BIO 1404

(3 hrs lecture; 1 hr lab)

NOTES:  Most institutions offer combined Anatomy and Physiology courses while UTSA offers them as separate courses. Therefore, the courses should be completed at the same institution.

BIO 2083


BIO 1404 and BIO 1122

BIO 2091 Lab


BIO 1404 and BIO 1122 with concurrent enrollment in BIO 2083 recommended

(3 hrs lecture; 1 hr lab)

NOTES:  Please see above.

BIO 2103 was formerly AHS 2103;
BIO 2111 was formerly AHS 2111; BIO 3153 was formerly AHS 3463.

¹BIO 3413, ²BIO 2103 or ³3153


¹BIO 2313, MAT 1193, and STA 1403; ²BIO 1404; ³BIO 1404 and 1122

¹BIO 3422 Lab or ²BIO 2111 Lab


¹Completion of or concurrent enrollment in BIO 3413; ²BIO 1404 and BIO 1122 with concurrent enrollment in BIO 2103 recommended

(6 hrs lecture; 2 hrs lab)

¹PHY 1603 or ²PHY 1943


¹MAT 1023 (not recommended for pre-PT students) or MAT 1073; ²MAT 1193 or MAT 1214 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in MAT 1224 or STA 1403

¹PHY 1611 Lab or ²PHY 1951 Lab


¹Completion of or concurrent enrollment in PHY 1603; ²Completion of or concurrent enrollment in PHY 1943

¹PHY 1623 or ²PHY 1963


¹PHY 1603; ²PHY 1943 and MAT 1224 or STA 1403

¹PHY 1631 Lab or ²PHY 1971 Lab


¹PHY 1611 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in PHY 1623; ²PHY 1951 and completion of or concurrent enrollment in PHY 1963

(3 hrs lecture)

¹STA 1053, STA 1043, or ²PSY 2073


¹Satisfactory score on placement exam (for STA 1053 and STA 1043); ²MAT 1023, MAT 1033, or MAT 1073 and one PSY course

(6 hrs lecture)

PSY 1013



PSY 2503


PSY 1013

(3 hrs lecture)

SOC 1013



(3 hrs lecture)

¹COM 1053 or ²COM 2113


¹WRC 1013; ²COM 1043, COM 1053, or consent of instructor

Medical Terminology
(1-3 hrs lecture)

Not offered at UTSA

Can be taken at community college, online, or in continuing education department with certificate of completion.




The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is a standardized exam required for admission to the DPT Program at UTHSCSA and some other PT programs.  At this time, UTHSCSA uses GRE scores for development purposes, not for making admission decisions.  At other schools, GRE scores may be a larger factor for admission.  Computer administrations of the GRE are available almost daily.  The GRE measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills.  An examinee can register for the GRE online, by phone, or by mail and are limited to taking the GRE General Test once per calendar month and no more than five times in any 12-month period.  Complete registration details and other information about the GRE are available at:

Student Organization

Student organizations can provide important opportunities for networking, education and service. For additional information please contact the Physical Therapy Society.


An integral part of preparation for programs in physical therapy entails involvement in community service projects and volunteer work in a hospital or clinical setting.  These activities serve to familiarize prospective physical therapists with the realities of everyday clinical practice as well as to underscore the role of physical therapists and healthcare in relation to broader community level concerns and issues.  A list of volunteer opportunities is available on the UHPO website (  We do not, however, have a list available for shadowing experiences.  Students must exercise personal initiative and develop relationships that would allow them to have this direct contact with a physical therapist in everyday clinical practice.  The UTHSCSA DPT program requires applicants to complete at least 50 hours of paid or volunteer experience under a licensed physical therapist.  A documentation form must be filled out and can be downloaded at  If applying to other programs, students should learn about whether or not specific documentation is required as well.