Physical Therapy - Programs & Requirements

Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT

The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree takes approximately 3 years to complete. Prospective physical therapists must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) to become licensed practitioners.

Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science

Rehabilitation Science focuses on human function and disability. This degree contributes to the knowledge of rehabilitation science or translate research findings into practice to advance the field.

The courses below only apply to the DPT program.

Various Schools in Alabama

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions (UAB) - DPT & PhD in Rehab Sci - Birmingham, AL

University of South Alabama Patt Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions (USA) - DPT - Mobile, AL

Recommended Course & GPA Requirements

To be a competitive student, a 3.5+ cumulative and science GPA is recommended.

Pre-requisites of the below courses are enforced.

Schools look for these classes:
Hours NeededCourse NeededWhat to Take at UAH
8 hrs General Biology BYS 119 & BYS 120
8 hrs General Chemistry CH 121/125 & CH 123/126
8 hrs General Physics

PH (101&102) or PH (111/114 & 112/115)


8 hrs Anatomy & Physiology I and II BYS (215 & 216) or BYS (313 & 314)
4 hrs Precalulus Algebra and Trigonometry MA 115
3 hrs Statistics MA 281/ST 281 or PY 300
3-4 hrs Medical Terminology BYS 491
9 hrs 3 Social Sciences, 2 must be Pysc Courses Choose w/Advisor
Courses positively adding to your application:
Course NeededWhat to Take at UAH
Calculus MA 171
Anatomy & Physiology I and II BYS (313 & 314)
General Physics PH (111/114 & 112/115)
Kinesiology & Biomechanics BYS 402
General Microbiology I BYS 321
Exercise Physiology BYS 401
Genetics BYS 219
Developmental Psychology PY 201 or PY 315

Upper level science courses illustrate interest in science and provide an in depth look into such subjects. There is a lot more you can do to make your application stand out.

The above courses support required and suggested coursework for UAB and USA schools. The combination of courses are guidelines and specific requirements may differ amongst schools.