Pre-Physical Therapy Pathway (39-43 Math/Science courses)

The following courses will satisfy the pre-requisites for most physical therapy programs.  It is important for students to determine the specific requirements for each physical therapy school they wish to apply to, in consultation with a pre-health advisor.  Most physical therapy programs require the following courses:

Other recommended and/or required courses:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • 9-12 credits of humanities (General Education)
  • 9-12 credits of social sciences (General Education)
  • Kinesiology
  • medical terminology (can be taken online)

Other Requirements:

Students who intend to apply to physical therapy programs must take the GRE (graduate record examination) prior to applying.  The GRE measures three areas in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing.

Applicants must have between 10-200 hours of clinical experience in a variety of physical therapy settings.  This can be in a volunteer or paid capacity.

Physical therapy programs require a minimum GPA of 3.2 to be considered. 

Pre-Physical Therapy Pathway Sample Four Year Plan


Fall I

Spring I

WRT101 Composition I (FY)

Writing Intensive (WI)

MAT170 Calculus with Review or                   MAT181 Calculus I (QR)*

MAT171 Calculus I with Review OR                       MAT115 Biostatistics OR MAT120 Stats (QR)

BIO103 General Biology I (SI)

BIO104 General Biology II

CHE110 General Chemistry I (SI)

CHE111 General Chemistry II

Fall 2

Spring 2

COM162 Public Speaking (OC)

PSY100 Intro to Psychology

Foreign Language Part I (IC)

Foreign Language Part II (IC)

CHE210 Organic Chemistry I

CHE211 Organic Chemistry II

Major Course

Major Course

HPX100 Intro to Health & Wellness  (HW)

Gen Ed (CT)

Fall 3

Spring 3

Major Course

Major Course

Major Course

Major Course

BIO105 Anatomy & Physiology I

BIO106 Anatomy & Physiology II

PHY110 or PHY120 General Physics I

PHY111 or PHY121 General Physics II

SOC100 Intro to Sociology

HPX254 Fitness Seminar & Laboratory (Kinesiology)

Fall 4

Spring 4

BIO421 Biochemistry Lecture

Gen Ed (CP)

Major Course


Major Course


Major Course

Major OR Free Elective

Major Course (W3 & CGE)

Free Elective OR MAT115 OR MAT120 Statistics



*Students who did not take pre-calculus in high school are encouraged to take MAT133 Pre-calculus during the summer prior to the start of this program.

Taking multiple lab sciences in a semester can be very challenging. You may wish to reduce your course load and take some courses in the summer.  Speak with your advisor about this possibility.