The Augustana DPT program does not require a specific undergraduate major of study. Undergraduate coursework in specific areas that provide a foundation for graduate study in physical therapy are required, with other courses being strongly recommended. The strongest applicants will have taken all the required prerequisite courses, and several of the recommended courses prior to entering the program.
Anatomy and Physiology coursework must have been completed within 10 years of matriculation into the DPT program, OR applicants must provide evidence of relevant and ongoing work experiences in the topic area that have kept their knowledge current. However, applicants are strongly recommended to take refresher courses as needed to ensure they are well-prepared for the accelerated nature of the DPT program.
Required prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or higher in each course and a prerequisite course GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale.
Conditional acceptance may be granted if prerequisite coursework is in progress, with full admission granted pending course completion.
For prerequisite courses that are repeated, prerequisite GPA will be determined using the highest grade recorded on the transcript; however, both grades, if registered on the transcript, will be calculated into the cumulative GPA.
Pass/fail grades given for prerequisite courses due to COVID-19 related circumstances, will not be included in the prerequisite GPA calculation. Prerequisite courses with a fail grade on a pass/fail system will not be accepted towards course requirements.
AP courses taken in high school that are accepted by the student's undergraduate program to fulfill degree requirements will count towards pre-requisite requirements so long as they appear on the undergraduate transcript.
Courses that meet multiple criteria may be considered for multiple topic areas (e.g., Exercise Physiology could count towards additional Biology/Physiology, Exercise Science, and Highly Recommended courses, and could even fulfill the Writing Course requirement if your course included a major writing project).
Preference points for admission will be awarded to applicants who have completed highly recommended courses (list below) with a grade of B or higher.
Motor Control & Motor Learning
Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry
Computer and Data Science
Ethics, Medical Ethics, Bioethics
Health & Wellness, Community Health, Population Health
Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Sports Psychology
Research Methods, Experimental Design