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The Program uses rolling admissions.

To prevent over-enrollment, the first 20 accepted students who submit a deposit will have their seat reserved.

Step 1

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's Degree

    Students must have completed a baccalaureate degree prior to admission.

  2. Meet GPA requirements

    Have a minimum, cumulative and pre-requisite GPA of a 3.0 to be considered during the applicant screening process.

  3. Complete pre-requisite courses

    Courses are listed below.

Step 2


  1. Apply to the program

    Program applications are submitted through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).

  2. Submit three letters of recommendation

    Letters of Recommendation are submitted with the PTCAS application. Recommendations from physical therapists, other health care professionals, current or former professors, pre-professional academic advisors or a work supervisor will be accepted. Recommendations will not be accepted from family, friends or clergy. We strongly encourage one recommendation from a physical therapist.

  3. Provide official transcripts

    Transcripts are submitted with the PTCAS application. If you have outstanding coursework and are accepted to the program you will have to submit an official transcript to the program once the coursework is complete.

  4. Complete shadowing hours

    A minimum of 40 total shadowing hours are required. The hours should be obtained under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist in at least two settings (e.g. Acute Care, Outpatient, Long-Term Rehabilitation Center, etc.).

  5. Complete supplemental questions

    Answer the supplemental questions for Colorado Mesa University in PTCAS. The program gives slight preference to Colorado Mesa University graduates and Colorado residents particularly those who are from and intend to stay on the Western Slope after graduation.

Course Pre-Requisites

  • One course in anatomy with lab
  • One course in physiology with lab
  • OR a two-course sequence in anatomy & physiology with lab
  • Two courses in biological sciences, preferably with lab (not botany)
  • Two courses in general chemistry with lab (NOTE: Gen Chem NOT Intro to Chem)
  • Two courses in general physics with lab (Calc based not necessary)
  • One course in psychology
  • One course in statistics

No more than 2 pre-requisite courses should be outstanding at the time of the application. Courses must be taken from a regionally-accredited US Higher Education institution and be verifiable through official transcripts. Science prerequisite courses with the exception of those taken in 2020 must be in-person.