Prerequisites

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is academically demanding and all applicants must successfully complete prerequisite courses prior to matriculation. Please keep in mind academic records/transcripts must be verified by the Physical Therapy Centralized Admissions Service (PTCAS). This process can take four to five weeks.

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Overview

  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.

  • Non-letter grade courses, such Pass/Fail, are not accepted.

  • Each prerequisite course must fulfill the 3-semester or 5-quarter credit hour requirement.

  • Labs are recommended but not required.

  • AP/IB credits will be accepted IF they were accepted by the applicant’s undergraduate institution.

  • Anatomy and Physiology courses must be taken within five years of matriculation. Anatomy and Physiology courses in the either the biology or kinesiology departments will be accepted.

  • Evolutionary and comparative anatomy courses will NOT be accepted.

  • All prerequisite courses must be completed at a college or university accredited by at least one of the accrediting agencies found here

Required courses




Course

Hours

Notes

Biological Science

6 semester hours

General or specialized biology

Human/Vertebrate Anatomy

3 semester hours

Must be taken within 5 years of matriculation

Comparative anatomy courses will not be accepted

Human/Vertebrate Physiology

3 semester hours

Must be taken within 5 years of matriculation

Comparative anatomy courses will not be accepted

Chemistry

6 semester hours

1 semester of general chemistry and second semester of general or specialized chemistry

Physics

6 semester hours

 

Statistics

3 semester hours

 

Psychology

6 semester hours

General and specialized psychology

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