Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Physical Therapy

You want to work with patients who have impairments or disabilities to help them rehabilitate or manage physical limitations.

Pathway to Physical Therapy School

  1. Select any major at LSU
  2. Take the necessary pre-requisite courses for your desired physical therapy school (ex: LSU Health New Orleans)
  3. Maintain a high GPA, especially in science-related coursework (3.0 minimum, 3.5+ recommended)
  4. Prep for and take the GRE (296 score minimum)
  5. Earn a minimum of 60 hours of direct patient contact under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist
  6. Earn a bachelor's degree

Estimated Time to Completion

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

  • 4 years of undergraduate coursework (bachelor's degree)
  • 4 years of physical therapy school
  • 8 estimated total years of school after high school

Common Majors at LSU for Pre-PT Students