The Pre-PT program provides guidance on courses, experiential activities, and competencies for students that are preparing to be competitive applicants to Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) programs after completing their Bachelor's degree at James Madison University. The Pre-PT program is a minor that students complete as part of their baccalaureate degree.

Declaration and Progression Standards

As a Pre-PT student, you will be subject to performance standard reviews twice a year once you have completed ≥ 10 credit hours in the designated Pre-PT courses at James Madison University (listed below). You must achieve and maintain a Pre-PT Prerequisite GPA of ≥ 2.70 (in the courses listed below) to maintain your Pre-Physical Therapy declaration. Since physical therapy (DPT) programs consider all course attempts during the admissions process, the GPA calculations for the Pre-PT Program include all JMU course attempts (not courses completed at other institutions). If your academic performance standards fall below a 2.70 Pre-PT Prerequisite GPA, you are at very high risk for not being admitted to a physical therapy program. Therefore, if you are unable to attain or maintain the GPA standard, you will be administratively dropped from the pre-PT minor.

Pre-PT Coursework

PPH Advising has developed requirements for the Pre-Physical Therapy Program based on the prerequisite summary from the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). PT school admissions committees will use your academic success in these courses as a metric of your ability to achieve success in PT school.

If you have credit for any of the following courses by earning Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge International Exam (CIE), community college credit, or departmental test credit, please read the Non-JMU Coursework for Pre-Requisite Coursework.

 To review required coursework for the Pre-Physical Therapy Minor, follow this link to the JMU Undergraduate Catalog. 

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