Perspective Pre-Physical Therapy Biology Students
I want to be a pre-PT major!
There is no such thing as a pre-PT major at the University of North Georgia (UNG). Pre-PT students commonly major in biology but may choose any major they wish. Pre-PT is an academic advisement area. We offer focused advisement for students interested in certain career paths. Pre-PT biology students are advised by a professor who advises other pre-PT students.
Then what does it mean to be a pre-PT biology student at UNG?
It means you must plan your college career with at least five things in mind:
- You may need to meet Biology degree requirements to earn the B.S. degree and graduate. The University of North Georgia biology degree requirements can be found in the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin. There are six PT Programs in Georgia (Armstrong Atlantic University, Emory University, Georgia Regents University (formerly MCG), Georgia State University, Mercer University, and the University of North Georgia. All are doctoral programs. The minimum required undergraduate GPA for most programs is 3.0. Most programs require a minimum score of 297 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the new General Record Exam (GRE) and a 3.5 on the GRE analytical writing section. Most successful applicants have higher GPAs and higher GRE scores than the minimum required.
- You must meet entrance requirements for PT school. This typically means taking a few courses in addition to those required to earn the UNG biology degree. Most PT schools also require courses in statistics, and psychology; some require human anatomy & physiology. Check individual programs for particular admissions criteria.
- You must acquire volunteer experience along the way. All PT programs require applicants to demonstrate volunteer experience in PT. Some programs require volunteer PT experience in more than one setting (e.g., hospital, private practice, nursing home). Some programs specify a certain number of volunteer hours, others do not. Check the website of each school of interest to determine specific requirements.
- You must obtain multiple (usually three) letters of recommendation. Some of these letters need to focus on your clinical experiences, not just your academic preparedness, and one or more of the letters should be from a practicing PT.
- You must get prepared to take the GRE General Test. The higher your score on the GRE, the higher are your chances of entering a PT program. Admission to PA programs is highly competitive. For example, there were 600 applicants for 30 slots in the 2013 entering class at the University of North Georgia.
Where can I learn more about becoming a Physical Therapist?
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) site has a nearly-comprehensive set of links to PT programs in the U.S. and information for prospective students, including advice on finding the right program, news in PT, and employment. The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) is a service of the APTA and allows applicants to use a single application and one set of materials to apply to multiple PT programs.
Biology Pre-Physical Therapy Advisors:
Dr. Janice Crook-Hill
Dr. Mark Davis
Dr. Erin Barding
Dr. Larry Gibson
Dr. Cathy Whiting
Dr. John Hamilton