Physical Therapy

Admission & Application


The planned cohort size for each year is 35 students.  Admissions requirements and standards are designed to ensure scholastic success in the professional program. Selecting a candidate for the future practice of physical therapy involves many important factors.  Applications are accepted only through the Physical Therapy Centralized Application System (PTCAS). 

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and a minimum science grade point average of 3.0.
  • A TOEFL score of 550 (if the applicant is an international student whose first language is not English)
  • Participation in an onsite interview
  • 100 hours of observation in a variety of physical therapy settings
  • Completion of the GRE
  • Completion all prerequisite coursework (see below)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (character and/or academic)
All application materials, prerequisite coursework, and volunteer experience must be completed by the end of the spring semester prior to beginning the program.


Prerequisite Coursework

  16 Total

General Biology (for Biology majors recommended)

At least one upper level animal based biology course is highly recommended (300/3000 or 400/4000 course). Preference given to applicants who have taken one upper level biology course.


8 hrs     

General Biology or Zoology highly recommended.

Recommended upper level biology courses include cell, or genetics

Anatomy & Physiology 1
4 hrs
Will accept 4 hours of physiology and 4 hours of vertebrate or human anatomy
Anatomy & Physiology 2
4 hrs
  8 Total
General Chemistry 1
General Chemistry 2
 8 Total
General Physics 1
General Physics 2
  6 Total
General Psychology
Developmental or
Abnormal Psychology
 3 Total
See comments.
College Algebra , Trigonometry or Calculus
 3 Total
See comments.
Psychology statistics, biostatistics, or math statistics accepted
Medical Terminology
1-3 Total
See comments.
Hours determined by those offered at applicant’s undergraduate institution

Program Costs

Tuition is charged as a flat rate per semester (not based on credit hour) that remains the same throughout the academic year. The per semester (eight semesters) 2021 tuition is $14,850 which includes the cost of the mission practicum to Zambia in the third year.  Tuition costs are adjusted annually by the University, usually by no more than 2% to 5%. Students will also be responsible for the technology fee of $270 per semester and a graduation course fee. There will be additional costs of books, equipment, laptop, living expenses, and travel to clinical sites that are the students' responsibility.

Requirements following Admission

Coming soon

Technical Standards


Application for Fall 2023 opens June 15, 2022.
The deadline for application submission is November 15, 2022.

All applicants are required to submit the PTCAS application via the PTCAS. Students will need to go to this web site and complete the web application and submit PTCAS application fees, send official transcripts from each university attended, and official GRE scores.

Note: Submission of a completed application does not guarantee an interview, selection or admission into the Program.

Contact Us

Mailing address:
Harding University
Physical Therapy
915 E. Market Ave.
Box 12292
Searcy, AR 72149-5615