Physical Therapy Pathway Year Three

By the end of year three, students pursuing the PT Pathway must complete the following requirements:

HPS Retention Requirements:

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.5; GPA may not fall below a 3.25 in any semester
  • Accumulate at least 275 hours of clinical observation, health-related volunteer experience, internship, or direct (hands-on) patient healthcare experience
  • Receive positive supervisor evaluation at clinical observation site
  • Continue active membership in at least one student healthcare organization (e.g. Pre-PT Student Association)
  • Schedule and complete a mock interview with the MSU Career Center
  • Attend at least one group advisement session conducted by the HPS Committee
  • Declare an HPS pathway (PA, PT, OT, AUD) by the BEGINNING of year three
  • Declare an undergraduate major by the BEGINNING Of year three
  • Provide evidence of endorsement of MSU Public Affairs Mission through completion of a minimum of 30 hours of community service (please note - hours completed through service learning or for scholarship renewal will be counted)

PT Pathway-Specific Requirements:

  • Courses that must be completed with a "C" or better:
    • PHY 123: General Physics I
    • Statistics - PSY 200, SOC 302, MTH 340
  • Courses that must be completed with a "B-" or better:

    • BMS 307: Human Anatomy
    • BMS 308: Human Physiology
  • 100 of the required 500 total clinical experience hours must include direct observation of licensed physical therapists in at least four different settings. Students should be active in the Pre-PT Student Association by this point in their academic career.
  • Pre-PT student association membership is required of students in the PT pathway
  • Students may wish to take additional life science classes to help strengthen the application
  • Failure to meet any of the above requirements may result in probation or dismissal from the HPS program