Doctor of Physical Therapy


Students must meet the following pre-requisites by the time they enroll in the DPT Program.

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with an overall cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or better.
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination within the past five (5) years.
  • Completion of 2, 20 hour clinical observation experiences documented on
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better. Effective September 1, 2011, a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or better is required.
Required prerequisite courses for admission to the DPT Program at UWM are:
Prerequisite Course UWM Course Number
General Biology (4 cr. with lab) Biological Sciences 150
General Biology (4 cr. with lab) Biological Sciences 152
Human Anatomy (4 cr. with lab)* Biological Sciences 202
Human Physiology (4 cr. with lab)* Biological Sciences 203
Chemistry I (4 cr. with lab) Chemistry 102
Chemistry II (4 cr. with lab) Chemistry 104
Physics I (4 cr. with lab) Physics 120 (lecture) and 121 (lab)
Physics II (4 cr. with lab) Physics 122 (lecture) and 123 (lab)
Introductory Psychology (3 cr.) Psychology 101
Introductory Statistics (3 cr.) Kinesiology 270

*Applicants must complete a 2-semester sequence of anatomy/physiology with lab. This can be a stand-alone anatomy course and a stand-alone physiology course or a 2-semester combined anatomy/physiology course.

The DPT program reviews candidate files only at the time of application. For students applying from within the UW-System, students should refer to the Transfer Wizard to evaluate courses for a fit with UWM Prerequisites ( For students taking prerequisite courses outside of the UW System, students should first meet with the academic advisor in their institution. The DPT program does advising, and for students with additional questions, an advising appointment can be made through No pre-application approvals of course substitutions will be made during the advising process.

Please note: There will be no substitution of coursework that is not an equivalent course, i.e., a microbiology course will not be substituted for an anatomy course.