Admission Requirements

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Our program admits approximately 40 students each year. Admission is competitive. Successful candidates have completed the academic prerequisites and are prepared to undergo rigorous clinical preparation in a team-oriented environment.

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Admission requirements

Minimum requirements
  1. The Physical Therapy Program at Missouri State University, Springfield Campus, participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Services (PTCAS). Applicants applying to the program must apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit Application deadline is October 1 (all application documents must be received by this date). Classes begin in May of each year.
    • Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to PTCAS.  No minimum score is required; however, scores among students are compared.  
    • Submit two letters of recommendation, one from the “Pre-professional Advisor” at the institution where the majority of science courses were taken, and one from a licensed physical therapist to PTCAS.  
    • Complete all other requirements listed in PTCAS.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. The undergraduate major may be in any field, but students must have completed the prerequisites (or their equivalents) listed under “prerequisite courses”.
  3. A minimum overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  4. Ability to meet the technical standards of the program in order to successfully undertake the course of study (available upon request from the program).
Health, Drug and Criminal Background issues

Physical Therapy students will be required to:

  1. Complete a physical examination including a TB skin test or chest X-ray.  In addition, MMR, Hepatitis B, and other vaccinations are required. 
  2.  Have the capacity for performance of the technical functions and tasks required of a physical therapist.
  3. Pass periodic drug screening.
  4. Pass Missouri State Highway Patrol and FBI criminal background checks.

The American Physical Therapy Association has a Professional Code of Ethical Conduct.  All physical therapy students will adhere to this Code and respect the rights and dignity of all individuals.

There are additional policies and procedures for physical therapy students that are explained in the Handbook for Physical Therapy Students at Missouri State University.  This handbook may be found online.

The Physical Therapy program requires students to pass a background security check and a drug screening.  These programmatic screening policies are a result of health organizations’ requirements for placement at their clinical sites.  Students will be financially responsible for the background security check, drug screening, and housing/transportation costs during clinical internships.  Please see academic program requirements, applications materials and admission standards for specific detailed information. Students who do not pass the appropriate screenings may not be able to complete the program or practice professionally.


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 prerequisites and other requirements does not assure acceptance into the program. Competitive applicants will be invited for an interview as part of the admission process.