To be a licensed physical therapist, one must complete a physical therapy program that is approved by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), pass a licensing examination, and comply with the legal requirements of the state in which one expects to practice.
Students normally complete a biology or life science major while taking courses that satisfy the admissions requirements of the APTA approved program of their choice. Courses that are required for admission to many APTA approved programs include BIO 211, 241, 242, 350, 355; CHEM 175, 176; PHYS 210, 220; PSYC 131, 251 and/or 254, 361; MATH 162, 171; electives in humanities, sociology and speech.
It is suggested that prospective physical therapy students contact the Iowa Wesleyan physical therapy program coordinator, or the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, for the latest listing of approved programs. Contacting the professional schools of their choice to become aware of admissions requirements is also recommended.