Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Physical Therapy

Academic Requirements - General

Academic Requirements - Messiah University

  • Many students at MU who are certain that they want to become a physcial therapist participate in our Health, Nutrition and Exercise Science major with a Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration.  For students who are not certain that they want to be PTs or would prefer another major, they generally elect the pre-health professions advising option.

Application Timeline

PT school directly after Messiah University:

  • Required courses completed by end of senior year (although preference may be given to applicants who complete the required courses sooner)
  • Apply late June prior to the start of senior year

Standardized Test

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Given virtually daily at computer test centers
  • Register on-line
  • Overall testing time for the computer-delivered GRE® General Test is about 3 hours and 45 minutes
  • 3 sections : verbal (scores 200-800), quantitative (200-800), analytical writing (0-6)
  • Receive scores immediately

Application Service

  • The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)  This is the centralized application for students wishing to apply to PT school.
  • PTCAS opens in late June and applicants should apply as early as possible.
  • Most schools will allow one to three outstanding courses at the time of application. (Three courses is the high end.)