Physical Therapy School Prerequisite Courses
Although there are some courses in common, the prerequisites for Physical Therapy (PT) programs vary a significant degree from school to school. It is important that you check the prerequisites of the specific programs to which you plan on applying.
Courses in biology, human anatomy, and human physiology will be required, but different PT programs require different specific classes. Check with the PT programs you are interested in to determine which courses satisfy these requirements.
The courses below are required by most PT programs:
- Introductory Chemistry: CHE 111/CHE 111L and CHE 112/CHE 112L
- Introductory Physics: PHY 131 and PHY 132
- Introductory Psychology: PSY 200
- Social Sciences: PSY 280 and possibly an additional hour in psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, or ethics
- Medical Terminology: HAS 200
- Public Speaking: CMS 210
Most programs require that applicants have a minimum of 50 volunteer or work hours in a physical-therapy setting. Typically applicants have around 100 hours of volunteer or work experience.
Some schools require that the volunteer work hours meet specific requirements. It is essential that you check with the PT programs you are interested in to understand their requirements.
- Human Anatomy: BIO 171
- Human Physiology: BIO 301 or BIO 348
- Physiology of Activity: PHE 325
- Advanced Physics Laboratory: PHY 406/406W
- Undergraduate Research
- Leadership Positions/Offices
- Extracurricular Activities