Pre-Physical Therapy Program (M)


Concordia University Wisconsin offers a Pre-Physical Therapy program in conjunction with other undergraduate majors offered at Concordia. Concordia offers 60+ undergraduate majors and all are acceptable for students wishing to continue their education in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. No specific major is required or preferred, provided that all pre-physical therapy requirements are met prior to entering the graduate program. Students work with their Academic Advisor to complete the courses required for the undergraduate degree as well as the prerequisite courses required for the DPT program.

An undergraduate degree, as well as the DPT prerequisite courses, can usually be completed in four years. The DPT program requires an additional three years of professional education beyond an undergraduate degree.

Accelerated/Priority Admission for Concordia Undergraduate Students

Concordia University offers both accelerated and priority admission process for undergraduate students who attend Concordia University.

For Accelerated Admission into DPT program at Concordia Wisconsin students must:

  1. Major in Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Science (BSRS)/DPT track at the Mequon Campus.
  2. Maintain a 3.45 in Science prerequisite courses & 3.0 overall GPA in the BSRS curriculum.
    1. If Science GPA or overall GPA falls below 3.45/3.0 student will be required to (with help of advisor) select another undergraduate degree.
    2. Must achieve at least a 3.0 in all Science prerequisite coursework.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in science courses in the first attempt at taking the course. Science prerequisite GPA will be calculated using the first earned grade in the course. If a student re-takes a course and he/she desires the second grade counted to their GPA (science or overall), they are no longer eligible for accelerated admission and will need to apply through the regular 4 year DPT degree application process (process open to graduates of non-Concordia Wisconsin degree programs). In addition, students who withdraw from a course late in the semester are not eligible for accelerated admission.  
  4. Have all Science prerequisite courses completed by end of spring semester sophomore year and apply for early decision via Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) during summer between sophomore and junior year.
  5. Have all their science prerequisite course work completed at Concordia University Mequon.
  6. Complete 40 hours of observation of a diversity of PT services.
  7. Complete an admission interview during early decision day. This will occur during Fall Semester of their Junior Year.
  8. Students who meet the accelerated admissions requirements do not have to take the GRE.

Concordia offers priority admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program to students who:

  • are current, full time student at CUW or CUAA who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree from CUW or CUAA,
  • at the time of submitting the application, are not missing more than one prerequisite science course,
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00,
  • have a grade point average of at least 3.45 in prerequisite science courses,
  • submit all application materials by the PTCAS Early Decision deadline, and
  • successfully complete a personal interview.
  • must complete 40 hours of observation of a diversity of physical therapy practice settings

All prerequisite science courses must be completed at CUW/CUAA, and cannot have been previously completed at another institution If a CUW/CUAA prerequisite science course is repeated, the first, original grade will be considered when determining whether or not the student is eligible for priority admission CUW/CUAA students who meet these requirements are required to take the GRE.

Entrance Requirements

Admission to the entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy program is competitive. Concordia University Wisconsin will admit one class of 28 full-time students in the fall of each academic year.

Admission requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in all required sciences
  • Ability to perform essential functions of a physical therapist listed at
  • Submit GRE scores

Science Prerequisites (CUW course numbers listed in parenthesis)

  • Chemistry- Two semesters of sequenced courses with labs  (CHEM 141 General Chemistry I and CHEM 142 General Chemistry II)
  • Physics- Two semesters of sequenced courses with labs (PHYS 151 General Physics I and PHYS 152 General Physics II)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology- Two semesters offered through a Biology, Anatomy or Physiology department (BIO 181 and BIO 182 )

Other prerequisites

  • Statistics- One semester
  • Psychology- One semester
  • Behavioral or Social Science- One semester in addition to the Psychology requirement above

Application Process

The Physical Therapy Department at Concordia University participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, known as PTCAS. Applicants for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program should apply online using the PTCAS application. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS website at

Students may apply to the program before all admission requirements and prerequisites are completed, but must be completed prior to beginning the DPT program. Undergraduate students should apply to the DPT program during the summer before their senior year. Applications for the DPT program can be made through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) at

Mission Statement

The Concordia University Wisconsin Physical Therapy program is committed to developing physical therapists with a sound foundation in movement across the lifespan. Graduates will demonstrate excellence in collaborative, culturally competent, ethical, evidence based practice and leadership within a changing health care environment. The program seeks to foster personal and professional growth in knowledge, skills, and attitudes for Christ-centered service to Church, community, and the world. 

DPT Program Accreditation

The Physical Therapy Program at Concordia University Wisconsin is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone 703-706-3245; email; website:

DPT Program General Academic Information

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is designed to help students become thoughtful, skilled and caring therapists who are autonomous providers of physical therapy services. Our program emphasizes evidence-based practice and focuses on developing clinicians who will serve the community through excellence in clinical practice and understanding of the spiritual, economic, and psychological needs of the clients they serve. The program will help students develop skills to determine why an individual may have difficulty with movement, to determine whether those difficulties can be remediated by physical therapy, and to develop and implement a program which would address those concerns.
The Professional Physical Therapy Program at Concordia leads to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. This entry level professional degree program is three full years in duration, beginning in the Summer. The program is full-time and encompasses six semesters, three winterims, and three summer sessions. The curriculum combines classroom, laboratory, and supervised clinic-based instruction.