Admissions Requirements and Checklist

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1. Preparation

  1. B.A./B.S. degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPA of 3.0.
  3. Complete prerequisites.
  4. A minimum of 100 combined hours of observation with a U.S. Licensed Physical Therapist in a minimum of two clinical settings  that address the needs of distinct patient/client populations. Eligible hours must be completed post high school.  
  5. GRE: Request official scores to be sent to institution code 7707.  Must have a minimum analytical writing score of 3.5 and a combined score for quantitative and verbal of 870 (GRE) or 290 (GRE Revised).Preferred minimums: analytical writing 4.0; quantitative 500 (GRE) or 144 (GRE Revised); verbal 400 (GRE) or 146 (GRE Revised); combined quantitative and verbal score of 1000 (GRE) or 297 (GRE Revised). GRE scores obtained within the 5 years prior to application.

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission. Exceptions to minimum criteria may be made at the discretion of the admissions committee.

The College of St. Scholastica's Department of Physical Therapy will not accept more than three applications from any individual during the course of his or her academic career.

Applicants are advised to review PTCAS application instructions/information related to The College of St. Scholastica to ensure they meet the current admissions requirements. Admissions information is updated annually via PTCAS.

All prerequisite course work must be completed with GPA of 3.0 or above; individual course grades must be a C or better:

  • 1 full year (sequence) of Chemistry with lab
  • 1 full year (sequence) of Physics with lab
  • 1 full year (sequence) of Human or Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology with lab
  • Statistics 
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology 
  • Abnormal Psychology 
  • Medical Terminology 
  • Courses in kinesiology, research methods, and pathophysiology are recommended

NOTE: Applicants must report every college course attempted in the Coursework section of the PTCAS application, including those courses later repeated for a higher grade. PTCAS GPAs include ALL courses completed with grades/credits, even if they were later repeated for a higher grade. Science prerequisites must be complete within 7 years prior to application.

Prerequisite courses for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program are based on the Standard Prerequisite Courses for Admission in Entry-level Physical Therapist Education approved by the Academic Council of the American Physical Therapy Association in October 2012. Because prerequisite courses establish the framework for the doctor of physical therapy program, all prerequisite courses must be completed at an institution of higher learning. Advanced placement courses taken in high school will not be accepted as meeting the prerequisite requirements for application to the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Technical Standards for Admission and Progression

Success in the Physical Therapy program is dependent on a number of functions deemed essential for the practice of Physical Therapy. Applicants must meet these essential functions and students must continue to demonstrate compliance with these essential functions throughout the program. Students needing reasonable accommodations to meet these essential functions should notify the chair of their request.

Essential Functions

Critical thinking, problems-solving capabilities, sound judgment, emotional stability and maturity, and ability to learn and function in a variety of didactic and clinical settings to be able to:

Develop, monitor and manage individual patient/client plan of care.
Perform and interpret physical examinations.
Perform Physical Therapy procedures.
Communicate effectively in oral and written formats.
Direct and supervise support personnel.
Maintain professional demeanor.
Demonstrate problem solving, critical thinking and sound judgment.
Learn in a wide variety of didactic and clinical settings.
Demonstrate empathy, integrity, flexibility, responsibility and effective stress management.

Physical Critical Demands

Based on eight-hour work day:
Occasional = 0-33 percent.
Firm grip strength, Sit, Push/pull, Kneel, Lift up to 50 pounds.
Frequent = 34-66 percent.
Stand, Walk, Reach, Stoop/squat, Carry.
Continuous = 67-100 percent.
Gross hand coordination, Fine hand coordination, Work with therapeutic and adaptive devices, Vision-corrected or non corrected.

Communication

Listen/hear
Read English
Speak English
Write legibly in English

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2. Application

GRE: Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended or where credit was earned must be sent to PTCAS. Instructions are indicated on the PTCAS application. Must have a minimum analytical writing score of 3.5 and a combined score for quantitative and verbal of 870 (GRE) or 290 (GRE Revised).Preferred minimums: analytical writing 4.0; quantitative 500 (GRE) or 144 (GRE Revised); verbal 400 (GRE) or 146 (GRE Revised); combined quantitative and verbal score of 1000 (GRE) or 297 (GRE Revised). GRE scores obtained within the 5 years prior to application.

  1. Submit a PTCAS application. Interviews are not conducted, but each applicant is invited to arrange a campus tour, if desired.
  2. Upon receipt of all application materials, the application packet will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and an admissions decision. 

If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to complete the online program application and send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process at (877) 287-8716 or onestop@css.edu.

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3. Post-Completion

  • After you are emailed a decision regarding your application, please inform us of your decision (accept or decline the offer, if one is made) via the Intent to Enroll form linked in the email.
  • Submit $500 nonrefundable deposit.

As a college student at St. Scholastica, you get to take the lead in your own education and assume responsibility for your success. Please use our accepted students information page to help you along the way, and remember, your advisors and instructors are here to guide and support you as you proceed through your journey toward a degree.

You may be eligible to receive transfer credits for coursework you’ve completed. See our Graduate Transfer Credit Policy for more information and complete a  Credit Transfer Application Form. This form can be completed and provided to your program advisor and/or program department contact.

Lab Fees

Students are charged course fees for any course with a laboratory component. Lab fees vary by course. Estimated total cost of fees and textbooks for the entire program is $2,400.

Internship expenses

Expenses associated with internships are the responsibility of the student. Travel and housing while on internship is arranged by the student in consultation with the Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education.

College of St. Scholastica is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Oct. 1. Application materials are accepted via PTCAS July – Oct. 1 for the following June enrollment.

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Courtney EickmanCourtney Eickman
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(877) 287-8731
ceickman@css.edu