Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Degree:

Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree (before the first day of professional physical therapy school) from an accredited institution that is recognized by Missouri State University (Missouri State) in any field other than Physical Therapy

Prerequisite Courses:

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a C grade or better, before a student can be admitted into the program; prerequisites are listed in the Graduate Catalog, on PTCAS, and as a pdf file: prerequisite courses for the physical therapy program.

Official Transcripts:

Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses completed at any accredited college or university. One of the official transcripts must show that you have completed a baccalaureate degree from an Missouri State-recognized accredited college or university - or you must show that you will have a baccalaureate degree by the time school begins. An official transcript is one that is received by the PTCAS directly from the institution granting course credit. Hence you must contact each institution from which you have obtained course credit and request that they send copies of your transcripts. Your official transcripts must show evidence that you have met all of the prerequisite requirements for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program or that you are currently taking or will take courses that fulfill our prerequisites. If you have an doubt about whether a course will or will not meet a prerequisite requirement, please make an appointment with the Admissions Director, Department Head, or a faculty member to evaluate your courses.

Please send all official transcripts to the PTCAS (


Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of approximately 3.00 on a 4.00 scale


Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - General Test - which includes Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical portions and submit an official copy of scores to the Department of Physical Therapy. In Springfield, the GRE can be taken at the Sylvan Learning Center, 3259 East Sunshine, 417-882-0740. Testing generally occurs during the first two-three weeks of each month. It might take up to 2 weeks to schedule a time to take the GRE so please plan ahead. Official scores are generally reported approximately one month after taking the examination. 

The Department of Physical Therapy at Missouri State University code is 7672. Take these codes with you when you take the examination. Note: This is a new code. Please DO NOT use old codes.

Letter of Application:

Applicants must complete a letter of application as outlined on the PTCAS application.

Observation Hours and Letters of Recommendation:

  • Observation Experience Form: It is required that applicants have 50 hours of verifiable observation in two (2) different areas or specialties in physical therapy; hence, a total of 50 hours. Forms to record this information are included in the PTCAS application. 
  • 2 letters of recommendation are required.  One letter must be from a licensed physical therapist, and the other from a faculty member or other academic advisor.  Recommendation forms are included in the PTCAS application.


Competitive applicants will be invited to participate in the interview process.  The Department of Physical Therapy at Missouri State University has a rolling admissions process. Interviews will begin in late fall and will continue until the class is filled.  Notification of acceptance into the program may begin in January and continue until mid March of each year.

Technical Standards:

Applicants must be able to function as described in our "Technical Standards" documentation to successfully undertake the course of study. (These standards are available upon request from the program.)

Verification of Accuracy and Notice of Insurance:

As part of the PTCAS application process, applicants must verify the accuracy of their application information.  A  "Notice of Required Liability and Health Insurance"  form will be completed and signed by all applicants who receive an interview. (More information regarding liability protection and health insurance will be forwarded to you if you are accepted into the program.

Consent to Release Information Form:

Applicants invited for an interview must complete the "Consent to Release Information to Admitted Students Form." This allows the Program to communicate appropriate information with your classmates prior to the first day of class. This will be particularly valuable if you want to find a potential roommate or if you want to get to know your classmates before classes begin.

Missouri State Graduate College Requirements:

Applicants who are accepted in to the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program must complete all requirements for admission to graduate study at Missouri State University (requirements can be obtained from the Graduate College and are specified in the most current graduate catalog), including the separate Graduate College Application and associated $35 application fee. For additional information, applicants should call 417-836-5335 or visit the Graduate College web site.

Application Deadlines:

All applicants applying to the Missouri State University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program must submit their application through the PTCAS (  To ensure that you will be considered for admission, please have all application materials completed and submitted to PTCAS by our firm deadline of October 15th of each year.

Full-time Student Status:

If accepted, applicants must enroll as full-time students. The Physical Therapy Program is rigorous and employment during school is not recommended.

Cohort Group Progression Requirement:

The curriculum is designed sequentially so that all courses must be taken in the order and at the time scheduled for each admitted class (cohort group). Hence we do not "drop or add" courses as may occur in traditional educational situations. Any exceptions to the cohort progression requirement must stem from unavoidable and/or extreme personal circumstances, and must be approved by the Program Director (Department Head) or a committee appointed by the Department Head.

Academic Standards:

The Physical Therapy Program enforces high academic standards and professional behaviors. To remain in the program, students must earn a "C" or better in all academic courses or a pass when pass/not pass grading is used. A student who earns a "D" or "F" in any academic course in the physical therapy curriculum (or receives more than twelve (12) semester hours of "C" in the professional curriculum) will be dismissed from the program, but might be given an opportunity to reenter or reapply the following year.

Clinical Education Standards:

A student who earns an unsatisfactory score during a Clinical Internship may be dismissed from the Program unless the Department Head and the Director of Clinical Education, in consultation with the Core Faculty, determine that there are compelling reasons to justify otherwise. If a course other than dismissal is determined to be an option, the student must complete approved remediation meeting Program requirements. If more than one unsatisfactory score is earned during Clinical Internships, the student will be dismissed from the Physical Therapy Program.

Immunizations, etc.:

Matriculating students also must demonstrate evidence of good health (yearly physical examination) and have up-to-date immunizations (MMR, tetanus, and a complete Hepatitis B series including a titer demonstrating immunity) and a PPD (plus a negative chest x-ray for PPD + individuals).

Please Note:

Admission into the physical therapy program is highly competitive and the number of students who can be admitted each year is limited. Therefore, completion of all admission requirements does not assure acceptance into the program.

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