Physical Therapy

Admission Requirements

Freshman Entry EP Program
  1. A high school diploma
  2. High school grades of B (3.0) or better
  3. Completion of high school program that is specifically college prep courses which includes English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. It is strongly recommended that incoming freshman take math through pre-calculus or calculus.
  4. Combined SAT scores totaling at least 1,000 (mathematics and verbal)
  5. Evidence of good health through a physical exam that demonstrates the ability of the student to actively participate in all phases of laboratory work.
Freshman Entry DPT/EP program

Students who meet the following qualifications are invited into the DPT/EP program during the admissions process.  Students completing the BS in EP program (4 Years) with an overall and science GPA minimum of 3.4 will continue into the professional (graduate) phase of the DPT program.
  1. A high school diploma.
  2. High school grades of B+ (3.25) or better.
  3. Completion of high school program that is specifically college prep courses which includes English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics. It is strongly recommended that incoming freshman take math through pre-calculus or calculus and complete high school physics.
  4. Combined SAT scores totaling at least 1,200 (mathematics and verbal).
  5. Evidence of good health through a physical exam that demonstrates the ability of the student to actively participate in all phases of laboratory work.

Transfer Admission Requirements

Transfer Admission Requirements

Students may apply to transfer into Exercise Physiology (EP) through two routes; either as external transfers from other schools or as internal transfers from other majors within UMass Lowell.  Admissions are competitive and on a space available basis; overall and science GPAs of 2.7 are required for acceptance, as well as successful completion of one year long science sequence (Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Physiological Chemistry or General Chemistry I and II, and General Physics I and II). It is strongly recommended that transfer students complete college level pre-calculus or calculus prior to transfer.

Pathways into EP for external transfer students:

  1. Transfer students can apply to the EP program after completing two semesters with the required overall and science GPA of 2.7 and appropriate science courses. Students must have successfully completed at least one of the year long prerequisite science sequences: Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs; General Physics I & II with labs; or Physiological Chemistry I and II with labs (or General Chemistry I & II with labs) prior to applying.  
  2. For admission after three semesters with the required overall and science GPA of 2.7, students must have successfully completed at least one of the year-long prerequisite science sequences: Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs; General Physics I & II with labs; or Physiological Chemistry I and II with labs (or General Chemistry I & II with labs) and be on track to complete all prerequisite science course sequences before the end of their fourth semester. 
  3. For admission after four semesters, students must have the required overall and science GPA of 2.7 and have successfully completed all science prerequisites (Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs; General Physics I & II with labs; or Physiological Chemistry I and II with labs (or General Chemistry I & II with labs). 
External transfer students applying to the program should contact the Transfer Admissions Office.

Pathways into EP for internal UMass Lowell transfer students

  1. UMass Lowell transfer students can apply to the EP program after completing two semesters with the required overall and science GPA of 2.7 and appropriate science courses. Students must have successfully completed at least one of the year long prerequisite science sequences: Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs; General Physics I & II with labs; or Physiological Chemistry I and II with labs (or General Chemistry I & II with labs) prior to applying.  
  2. For admission after three semesters with the required overall and science GPA of 2.7, students must have successfully completed at least one of the year-long prerequisite science sequences: Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs; General Physics I & II with labs; or Physiological Chemistry I and II with labs (or General Chemistry I & II with labs) and be on track to complete all prerequisite science course sequences before the end of their fourth semester. 
  3. For admission after four semesters, students must have the required overall and science GPA of 2.7 and have successfully completed all science prerequisites (Anatomy & Physiology I & II with labs; General Physics I & II with labs; or Physiological Chemistry I and II with labs (or General Chemistry I & II with labs). Students must have also successfully completed Intro to EP with a minimum grade of 2.7.

Internal transfer students applying to the program should send an email to the Exercise Physiology Program Director, Dr. Ferrara (Cynthia_Ferrara@uml.edu).

Upon acceptance into the EP program 

Once accepted all students are expected to take all remaining science courses at UMass Lowell. Per UMass Lowell policy, taking a course required of the degree at another college or university requires permission of the Program Director prior to taking the course. Such permission will only be given for extenuating circumstances.