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PTA-DPT Bridge Program - Prerequisites, Requirements, Scholarship Information, & FAQs

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Admissions Criteria

  • You must complete a Bachelor’s Degree & all prerequisite coursework by December 31 of the year in which you apply for the DPT Bridge Program.
  • Minimum 2 years of work experience as a licensed PTA is required. Work experience must be completed by January of the year in which you wish to begin the DPT program.
  • Minimum GPAs:
    3.0 Overall
    3.0 PTA Program
    3.0 Math/Science -all courses coded MATH, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS
    (Kinesiology courses are not included in this calculation)
  • You must be a graduate of a CAPTE accredited PTA program.

Admissions Process

  • Submit official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Submit the score of the Graduate Record Examination. GRE scores are valid for 5 years from date taken. PTCAS code is 3775
  • Submit 3 names with email addresses for online recommendations. One person must be a PT who supervised your work experience. One person must be a PTA educator who taught you in your PTA program.
  • Submit a student profile sheet Student Profile Sheet by filling out the sheet, saving it as a PDF and then emailing it to

To enter the BRIDGE Physical Therapist Assistant to Doctor of Physical Therapist Program at UTMB, a student must complete a Baccalaureate degree including the following prerequisite courses

Mathematics and Natural Sciences - 38 hours
TCCN* Hours
General Chemistry for Science Majors
& 1412
Must include lab. Higher level classes accepted
College or University Physics
& 1402
or above
Must include lab
Biology for Science Majors
& 1407
Must include lab. Higher level classes accepted
Upper level Anatomy - Comparative Anatomy or Zoology
May be a Vertebrate, Chordate, Comparative or Human Physiology course. Must include lab. Must be a course for science majors. Two semesters Anatomy and Physiology I & II can be used to meet this requirement
College Algebra, Trigonometry, or Calculus
Any of these courses are acceptable
Upper level psychology sociology or education based is preferred. Must include ANOVA (Analysis of Variance)
Behavioral Sciences - 6 hours
These courses may have been completed during your PTA program
TCCN* Hours
General Psychology
Developmental Psychology
or 2312
Abnormal Psychology will not count

TCCN* Texas Common Course Number website can be used to review and compare course compatibility at

Suggestions and Comments

The following courses are not required, but if taken as electives, would provide a strong base for DPT curriculum:

  • Sociology
  • Anatomy
  • Management
  • Technical Writing
  • Neuroscience
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Medical Terminology

Physical Education activities classes are neither counted as electives, nor used in the calculation of overall GPA

Waiver request / Course Substitution Approval Process
An applicant may obtain approval of a course that does not exactly meet prescribed requirements if a waiver is requested and accepted. It is the applicant's responsibility to petition the UTMB PT Admissions Committee for course approval. This is done by submitting the waiver request identifying the course the applicant wishes to have waived and the course to be considered as a replacement. The request must include a course syllabus (not a course description). We may also ask you to submit the name of the textbook used in the course and or the course schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for: Sending transcripts, MyStar questions, submitting forms, etc.

What is the best major for my bachelor’s degree?

Any major is acceptable as long as you complete the pre-requisite courses.  However, there are some majors that lend themselves to getting your pre-requisites while at the same time you will be working towards a relevant degree.  The best choice of degree would be one that gives you an excellent background in science and one that prepares you academically for the rigors of the PT program.  A few that often meet this description are Biology, Physiology or Biomedical Science.  Also acceptable are Kinesiology, Exercise Science and Psychology. However, the applicant is advised to take as many formal science courses beyond the basic prerequisites as possible within these degree plans.

We recommend that you meet with a Health Science advisor at your university to compare degree plans to PT school prerequisites.

Can I apply before I complete my degree and/or prerequisites?

Yes. On the application, there is a place to list the courses that you will take in the fall semester. Remember, coursework and your degree must be complete by 31 December of the year in which you apply for the DPT Bridge Program.

What can I do to be a competitive applicant?

Competitive students have high GPAs, high GRE scores, excellent recommendations and community service and leadership. We expect to have a large number of competitive applicants which means that many of the students who meet minimum criteria of 3.0 GPA may not be invited to interview.

What can I do to raise my GPA?

Students often ask about retaking classes to raise their GPA - UTMB does not replace a grade if a class is taken twice. Both grades remain on the transcript and are used for the GPA calculations.

What are the eligibility requirements for in-state tuition?

Eligibility requirements are described at

Estimate of Tuition & Fees

The PTA-DPT Bridge Curriculum is a 2 year, 6 semester plan.  Semester credit hours will range from 13-15 hours.  Please review the DPT Bridge Curriculum page and Enrollment Services Tuition and Fees page to get an estimation of tuition and fees.

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