Programs & Requirements
Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT
The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree on average takes 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 is an interdisciplinary field, which focuses on human function and disability. This degree focuses on scholars, scientists, and researchers to contribute 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.
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
Course & GPA Requirements
Most schools have a minimum GPA of a 3.0, but to be a competitive student, a 3.5+ cumulative and science GPA is recommended.
Pre-requisites of the below courses are enforced.
Both DPT programs in AL look for these classes:
|Hrs Needed||Course Needed||What 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 Alegebra and Trigonometry||MA 115|
|4 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 Needed||What to Take at UAH|
|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|
|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 PT School. Please keep in mind this is a guideline and specific requirements differ amongst different schools.
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