Physical Therapy Pathway Year Four

By the end of year four, 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 500 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)
  • Attend at least one group advisement session conducted by the HPS Committee
  • Provide evidence of endorsement of MSU Public Affairs Mission by completing a minimum of 30 hours of community service (please note - hours completed through service learning or for scholarship renewal will be counted here)

PT Pathway Requirements:

  • Complete remainder of pre-requisite coursework with a "C" or better. This includes:
    • PHY 124: General Physics II
    • PSY 304: Abnormal Psychology
  • Continue membership in Pre-PT student association through year four
  • Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and achieve a combined Verbal and Quantitative score of at least 297
  • Complete the minimum 500 hours of clinical/shadowing experience. Be sure that 100 of your 500 observation hours have been of licensed physical therapists in at least four different practice settings.
  • Prepare and submit application to PT Program using PTCAS