Student Admissions

Application: Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) 
Deadline for PTCAS applications: October 1, 2020
Classes begin: May 24, 2021

The LSU Health Shreveport Doctor of Physical Therapy Program accepts applications for admission via the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants should send all application materials (e.g., transcripts, GRE) directly to PTCAS. Applicants should NOT send any application documents directly to the Physical Therapy Program or LSU Health Shreveport.


Preference will be given to Louisiana residents. Information regarding establishing LA residency may be obtained by the Office of the Registrar or on their website

The following are the minimum admission requirements for application to the Physical Therapy Program:

1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university by the first day of class in the PT Program. 

2. Minimum average math/science GPA of a 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale). 

  • All undergraduate math/science grades (including repeated courses) are used in calculation of the average. Math/science classes are defined as courses with subject headings of biology, zoology, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, chemistry, math, physics, statistics, etc.
  • Courses with subject headings of kinesiology, community health, exercise science, health promotion, etc. are NOT considered part of the math/science GPA; even though they may meet prerequisite requirements.

3. Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from within the last five years sent to GRE DI code 7739:

  • 285 combined quantitative and verbal scores.

  • Scores from the analytical writing portion of the GRE are required.

4. Grade of “C” or better in required pre-requisite courses from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university by the first day of class in the PT Program:

  • English Composition (6 hours)

  • Advanced English Composition, Technical Writing, or Exposition (3 hours)

  • Chemistry (8 hours) – Lab based

  • Biology/Zoology (8 hours) – Lab based

  • Advanced Biology (3 hours) – Recommended: Histology or Cell Biology

  • Physics (8 hours) – Lab based

  • Anatomy (3 hours) – Recommended: Human Anatomy

  • Physiology (3 hours) – Recommended: Human Physiology

  • Mathematics (6 hours) – Algebra level or greater

  • Psychology (6 hours) – Recommended: Abnormal Psychology, Growth and Development

  • Statistics (3 hours) – Behavioral or Experimental

  •  Public Speaking (3 hours)

  • ***Medical Terminology (1 credit) – REQUIRED STARTING WITH THE 2020-2021 PTCAS APPLICATION CYCLE.

Credits in Statistics may be used to meet Math requirements if taught in the Math Department.
Credits in Statistics may be used to meet Psychology if taught in the Psychology Department.

5. At least 60 hours of practical experience in physical therapy. Practical experience must be under the direct supervision of a licensed physical therapist. Earned a minimum of 30 hours from each site.

  • Due to the closure of many clinics, it may be difficult for some applicants to obtain observation hours this summer. Applicants are encouraged to still submit their documentation of practical experience by the application deadline of October 1st; however, if this is not possible, applicants who are otherwise qualified may still be offered an interview.  In these cases, applicants must still complete the minimum number of hours by December 31st and must submit a signed, sealed envelope per the instructions on the Document of Practical Experience Form

6. After initial processing of applications, selected applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.

  • Beginning in the fall of 2020, the Program in Physical Therapy will be utilizing CASPer® as part of our decision making process for admissions. This is a computer-based assessment that will help us to assess non-academic attributes. For further information, please visit the CASPer® website at

    At this point in time, there is nothing additional you need to do in order to complete your application. If you are offered an interview, then we will send you further information about signing up to take the exam. If you have already taken the exam this admissions cycle for another institution, you will not have to take it again.

7. Accepted students must certify that they meet the technical standards established by the program with or without reasonable accommodations.

Important Application Information:
  • Applicants to the Program are considered for admission on a competitive basis.  
  • Accepted applicants are enrolled once a year in the summer term. 
  • The LSU Health New Orleans and Shreveport campuses have separate admissions. Prospective students may apply to one or both of the programs. If a student desires to apply to both programs, they must submit an application to each campus. 

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Student Admissions Office
(318) 813-2908

Physical Therapy 
Department Office

Cristal Willcox, PT Coordinator
(318) 813-2940