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    Harding University
  Dec 04, 2022
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Exercise Science - Physical Therapy (EXPT), BS/DPT

A student may apply for provisional admission to the Exercise Science-Physical Therapy BS/DPT accelerated program once they complete 45 hours of university credit with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and a minimum science GPA of 3.3, and complete the following courses with a minimum GPA of 3.3:

The application process will be directed to the physical therapy program and not through PTCAS. Students will fill out an application, write an essay on a selected topic, and undergo an interview with a member of the PT faculty. Students may contact for more details on how to apply to this program. 

If the student is granted provisional admission, he or she may transition full-time into the graduate portion of the PT program when the following conditions have been met:

  • Completion of all required liberal arts course requirements
  • Overall GPA 3.5 
  • Science GPA of 3.3
  • Completion of 102 hours of undergraduate credit
  • GRE of at least 145 on both the verbal and quantitative sections

Students who are provisionally admitted must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first 2 semesters to gain full admission into the physical therapy program. Students who are not accepted provisionally will continue with their degree in exercise science and are eligible to apply through the normal process with PTCAS.

After completion of the first year of the DPT program, the students will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree. If the student is unsuccessful in the DPT program, they can transfer back to the exercise science program to complete the undergraduate degree.


Liberal Arts: 32 Hours

All majors at Harding are required to complete the 47-hour Liberal Arts  program. The following Liberal Arts requirements are met within the content of the major:

  • 9 hours of Inquiry, Investigation, and Reasoning are satisfied in the major.
  • PSY 2010  or SOC 2030  and NURS 4130  satisfy 6 hours of Self and Society. 


Though not required, it is recommended for students to take EXSS 2260  and EXSS 4120 .

Students will also be advised to complete some coursework during summer sessions.  

Remaining Bible/Electives: 2 Hours

See Bible Class Enrollment  policy here.

Physical Therapy Component: 35 hours

Undergraduate Total: 136 Hours

A Bachelor of Science degree will be awarded after the completion of the requirements above. 

Remaining Physical Therapy Component: 75 Hours

See Physical Therapy (DPTY), DPT  for more information on the remaining course requirements.