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Prerequisite Courses for Physical Therapy

The following prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of B or better within 10 years of the application deadline date. (Exceptions to the 10-year limit may be made for individuals who work in a health field.)  Prerequisite courses, in which a laboratory component is required, must be taken as a hands-on, in-class course:

  • One course in biology with laboratory
  • Two courses in anatomy and physiology. These may be:
    • one course in anatomy and a second course in physiology, or
    • a two-semester sequence in anatomy and physiology as a combined course.
      (In either case, each course must include a laboratory.)
  • Two courses in chemistry, with laboratories
  • Two courses in physics, with laboratories
  • One semester of general or introductory psychology
  • A second course in psychology (suggested courses include abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, physiological psychology, or neuroscience)
  • One course in mathematics
  • One course in statistics

Students are also expected to be computer literate before entering the program. Several of the courses assume that the student is proficient in the following areas: general computer skills, word-processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and Internet. Remedial instruction in computer literacy is available.