Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Southwest Baptist University

Bethel University has an agreement with Southwest Baptist University (SBU) by which students meeting the requirements listed below will automatically receive preference points and be eligible for the admission process.

  1. Students must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average.
  2. Students must complete the graduate record exam (GRE).
  3. Students must complete the PT application through PTCAS by the deadline of the intended enrollment date.
  4. Students must document up to 40 hours experience/observation in physical therapy.
  5. International students must meet eligibility requirements as outlined in the section on Admission to the University in the Southwest Baptist University catalog.
  6. Students must complete all of the following prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of C and a 3.25 prerequisite GPA. Prerequisites should not be taken pass/fail.
    1. General Chemistry: two semesters in sequence with labs
    2. General Physics: two semesters in sequence with labs
    3. General Biology: one semester with lab
    4. Anatomy/Physiology: one semester each or full year combined sequence with labs from a sciencebased department
    5. Statistics: one course
    6. Psychology
  7. Completion of the following support courses (not calculated into prerequisite GPA)
    1. Medical Terminology: one semester is required at a “B” grade or higher
    2. Exercise Physiology: not required, by highly recommended; students demonstrating successful completion of an exercise physiology course with a “B” grade or higher will be exempt from completing the exercise physiology component of the DPT program
    3. Pathophysiology: not required, but highly recommended 

Pre-requisite Equivalency for SBU/DPT program

Choose one of the following sequences:4
Human Biology
and Human Biology Lab
Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
and Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab
With approval, any upper level human or animal-based Biology course with a Lab
BIO 105Medical Terminology 52
BIO 214
BIO 215
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
BIO 216
BIO 217
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Lab
CHE 113
CHE 113D
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CHE 214
CHE 215
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
Choose one of the following sequences:8
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics I Lab
and Introductory Physics II
and Introductory Physics II Lab 1
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
and General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab 2, 3
MAT 207MStatistical Analysis 33-4
or AHS 250M Statistics and Research Methods in Applied Health Sciences
or PSY 230M Introduction to Statistical Methods and Experimental Design
or MAT 330 Probability and Statistics
PSY 101Introduction to Psychology I2
PSY 203Lifespan Development4
PSY 300Psychopathology4
BIO 350Clinical Pathophysiology 44
BIO 409Advanced Human Gross Anatomy3
Total Credits 50-51

MAT 121M, MAT 124M, or solid understanding and competency in high school mathematics as demonstrated by at least one of the following: a Math ACT score of at least 23, 519 on the Math portion of the SAT, a Math Placement Test score of at least 2 are prerequisites for this course.


MAT 124M is a prerequisite for PHY 292/PHY 292D.


MAT 125 is a prerequisite for PHY 296/PHY 297 and MAT 330.


Acceptance into the nursing program or Consent of instructor is a prerequisite for this course.


Consent of instructor is a prerequisite for this course.


Courses whose number is followed by a letter fulfill a General Education requirement.

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