United States of America - USA

Entry requirements for bachelor’s degrees

Completion of at least one 'Advanced Placement Tests' with a minimum grade 'B' or score of 4, presented with current 'SAT' or 'ACT' results and the award of the 'High School Diploma'. The following grades are required:


SAT with 1AP

B Applied Science (Exercise & Sport Science)


B Applied Science (Exercise Physiology)


B Applied Science (MRS) Diagnostic Radiography


B Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)


B Applied science (Physiotherapy)


B Applied Science (Speech Pathology)


B Health Sciences


B Applied Science (Exercise & Sports Science)/M Nutrition & Dietetics


Scholastic Aptitude Test (USA). Total of Critical Reading, Mathematical and Writing test scores for SAT1. A minimum of one Advanced Placement subject must be presented with a minimum Grade B or score of 4 or better together with completion of a recognised US High School Diploma. SAT score required will be lower for applicants with 2 APs with a score of 4 or better.

Please note that this information is constantly being updated. Please also review entry requirements as published on the following document.

Applicants with a tertiary qualification

The minimum entry requirement is usually at least one year's successful full-time study at a recognised tertiary institution. More information

Students who do not meet these minimum entry requirements may like to apply for the University of Sydney Foundation Program.

Entry requirements for graduate entry master’s degrees

To be eligible to apply you will need:

  • A PhD, master's or bachelor's degree from an Australian institution or equivalent
  • A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 or greater (see approximate GPA equivalents below) assessed on the highest ranked tertiary qualification presented
  • The Master of Physiotherapy, Master of Speech Language Pathology and Master of Exercise Physiology have additional assumed knowledge requirements. For details please check the faculty website

GPA Equivalents – USA

  • On a scale of 0 – 4 where 4 is the highest and 1.0 is Pass, -2.5.
  • NB: The institution must be accredited by a National or Regional Accreditation Board. 
  • Community Colleges are not accepted.




The USA has a registering authority/board in each state. Graduates must first prove their eligibility to sit the National Physical Therapy Examination.

Two registering bodies that can be used are the Foreign Credentialing Commission Physical Therapy or the International Education Research Foundation, Inc

Occupational Therapy

The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. is the accrediting authority in the United States. Graduates must apply for and pass the NBCOT Certification Examination. Depending on which State in the US you wish to practice, separate applications to those states apply and a fee is chargeable.

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Diagnostic Radiography

The American Board of Radiology is an accrediting authority for Diagnostic Radiographers in the United States. Graduates must first prove their eligibility to sit for an exam.

Radiation Therapy

The American Board of Radiology is an accrediting authority for Radiation Therapists in the United States. Graduates must first prove their eligibility to sit for an exam.

Exercise Physiology

The American Council of Sports Medicine is an accrediting authority for Physiologists in the United States.

Rehabilitation Counselling

Graduates of the Master of Rehabilitation Counselling have worked in many countries including the United States of America. If you want to practice as a 'certified rehabilitation counsellor' in America, then you will need to sit for an examination and apply for certification via the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

The American Rehabilitation Counselling Association (ARCA) and the National Rehabilitation Counselling Association (NRCA) can be used as a guide to career prospects in America.

Degrees that meet assumed knowledge requirements

Master of Physiotherapy and Master of Exercise Physiology

Michigan State University

Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology)

Towson University

Bachelor of Exercise Science

University of Maryland

Bachelor of Science (Kinesiology)


Master of Exercise Physiology only

San Fransisco State University

Bachelor of Kineseology


Master of Speech Pathology

University of California

Bachelor of Lingusitics