George Fox University

Pre-Physical Therapy 2012-2013

Doctor of Physical Therapy

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General Education

Required Courses

ALL prerequisites must be successfully completed (grade of C or better) at the time of application

University Requirement PCC Equivalent Credits

CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry

Additional courses in organic chemistry, physical chemistry and biochemistry are strongly recommended


BI 112 Cell Biology

BI 231, 232, & 233 Anatomy & Physiology

BI 234 Microbiology - strongly recommended

Additional courses in biochemistry, neurobiology, and genetics are strongly recommended




Physics PHY 201, 202, 203 General Physics 12
Statistics MTH 243 Statistics I 5

PSY 201A Intro to Psychology - Part 1

2 additional courses from:

PSY 202A Intro to Psychology - Part 2

PSY 213 Intro to Behavioral Neuroscience

PSY 215 Human Development

PSY 239 Intro to Abnormal Psychology




Social Science & Humanities

WR 121 English Composition

4 additional courses in more than 1 discipline from:

Art, Literature, Communication, foreign language, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Theatre Arts




George Fox University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is a three-year graduate-level professional program that prepares students to be eligible for licensure and entry into contemporary physical therapy practice.


Patrick Kelley – Admissions Counselor 503-554-6026

Graduates of the program will be trained to find employment as physical therapists in:

  • Acute care centers
  • Independent outpatient orthopedic clinics
  • Rehabilitation centers/clinics
  • Skilled care facilities
  • Sports medicine clinics
  • Home health settings

Our on-campus clinic also provides physical therapy services to the community and rural areas around the Newberg campus.

Our faculty are experts in: Manual therapy, orthopedics, biomechanics, research, sports medicine, pediatrics, neuroscience, and general physical therapy practice

How To Apply

Applications are considered for fall entry only. Processing of applications will begin on July 1 and continue through Dec. 1.

On-campus interviews: February
Admissions decisions: March

To ensure academic course work will fulfill our requirements, complete the unofficial prerequisite worksheet and submit it to our admissions counselor for review.

In addition, the following must be furnished by the applicant and may be received in any order:

  1. Completed and signed application form
  2. $40 nonrefundable application fee
  3. Applicant’s admission essays
    1. Provide a self-introduction and explain why you would be an asset to the physical therapy program.
    2. What motivation factors helped you decide to pursue the physical therapy profession?
  4. Two professional references – one from a physical therapist and one preferably from an academic instructor (must use forms included in application packet)
  5. One official transcript from each college or university attended (contact prior institutions to request your transcripts)
  6. GPA calculation form (included in packet)
  7. Prerequisite worksheet (included in packet)

Admissions criteria include knowledge and exposure to the physical therapy profession in a variety of settings. This is evaluated by the number of hours spent either observing or working in the field of physical therapy. Although there is no minimum requirement at present, it’s not uncommon to have applicants with more than 100 hours. Other factors included in the admissions criteria are letters of recommendation, essay response, content of the application, and service to the community.

PCC endeavors to create accurate transfer guides for students; however, requirements may change without notice. Students are responsible for working with PCC advisors and their transfer institution to ensure that their academic plan will meet requirements and timelines.

Last updated: November 2012