Early Assurance Bio-pre-physical therapy program

The Early Assurance, direct freshman entry program is a 3 + 3 model, available to a limited number of graduating high school seniors who will enroll in Walsh University’s Division of Mathematics and Sciences Biology Pre-PT Early Assurance program/curriculum. The students in this program will complete 3 years of undergraduate curriculum at Walsh University and finalize their undergraduate degree during their first year of graduate school (as part of the 3 year professional DPT program). The Early Assurance direct freshman entry program is competitive and allows for automatic acceptance into the DPT program upon completion of specified milestones during one’s matriculation as an undergraduate student within the university. The following criteria must be met prior to submitting an application to the early assurance program.

Prior to Attending Walsh University:

  • High school GPA of 3.75 or higher
  • Minimum ACT score of 28 or SAT score of 1310 (critical reading and math, not including writing)
  • Complete a standardized interview with faculty members of the Physical Therapy Program.
  • Once at Walsh University:

  • Must be enrolled in the Biology Pre-Physical Therapy major
  • Complete pre-requisites for the program with a 3.5 GPA or higher
  • Must complete a minimum of 3 academic years of undergraduate education at Walsh University
  • Must maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher during their undergraduate curriculum
  • Must achieve a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 298 (total) or higher
  • Must meet the requirements of DPT admissions (with the exception PTCAS application) as follows:
     • A letter of recommendation from an undergraduate PT advisor
     • A letter of recommendation from a licensed Physical Therapist
     • A letter of recommendation from an undergraduate faculty member familiar with the student’s academic performance
  • Documentation of 30 hours of clinical observation in 2 different physical therapy settings, 1 inpatient and 1 outpatient (a minimum of 10 hours in each setting)
  • Successfully complete an interview with a member of the Physical Therapy Admissions Committee prior to matriculation into the graduate program.

B.S. in Biology Requirements

Division of Mathematics and Sciences



BIO 101T1:Principles of Biology I3
BIO 101LPrinciples of Biology I: Lab1
BIO 102Principles of Biology II3
BIO 102LPrinciples of Biology II: Lab1
BIO 206Microbiology3
BIO 206LMicrobiology: Lab1
BIO 209Anatomy/Physiology I3
BIO 209LAnatomy/Physiology I: Lab1
BIO 210Anatomy/Physiology II3
BIO 210LAnatomy/Physiology II: Lab1
BIO 309Human Physiology4
BIO Upper Level Elective (300-level or higher)3
CHEM 101T1: Principles of Chemistry I3
CHEM 101LPrinciples of Chemistry I: Lab1
CHEM 102Principles of Chemistry II3
CHEM 102LPrinciples of Chemistry II:Lab1
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 201LOrganic Chemistry I: Lab1
CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 202LOrganic Chemistry II: Lab1
Select one of the following: *5-6
Elementary Functions I
and Elementary Functions II
Calculus I
MATH 221Statistics3
PHYS 101Principles of Physics I *3
PHYS 101LPrinciples of Physics I: Lab *1
PHYS 102Principles of Physics II3
PHYS 102LPrinciples of Physics II: Lab1
PSYC 120T1:Principles of Psychology *3
PSYC 210DV:T1:Human Devel Across Lifes3
EXS 381Physiology of Exercise3
Fourth-year Biology/Physical Therapy Foundational Science
PT 503Human Anatomy6
or PT 603 Human Anatomy
PT 504Foundations of Neuroscience4
or PT 604 Foundations of Neuroscience
PT 506Foundations of Pharmacology2
or PT 606 Foundations of Pharmacology
PT 511Foundations of Clin Science4
or PT 611 Foundations of Clin Science
PT 5151A/6151ABiomechanics I2
PT 5151B/6151BBiomechanics II2
Total Hours88-89

*Six (6) Credit Hours of Math and eight (8) Credit Hours Lab Science also fulfills core requirements.  

If a student places into MATH 156, then they only  need to complete MATH 156 to fulfill the math requirement.  If a student places into MATH 207, then they must take MATH 207 for this major.  If MATH 221 is required, it must still be taken.  Incoming students need to place into MATH 104 in order to enroll in BIO 101 and MATH 155 to enroll in CHEM 101.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Requirements

School of Behavioral and Health Sciences

Refer to Graduate Catalog

Students in the Bio-Pre-Physical Therapy Early Assurance program (B.S. Biology/Doctor of Physical Therapy) must follow all undergraduate and graduate academic policies and procedures including changes with the graduate program.