School of Health Sciences Physical Therapy

Prerequisite Courses

You must obtain a Baccalaureate degree for full admission to our program. No preference is given to any specific field of undergraduate study. In addition to the degree, the following prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to entrance into the program. All coursework must be completed and a Baccalaureate degree obtained by June 1st. Please see the USD Graduate School Catalog for more information.  Please note that applicants are allowed to have no more than two outstanding prerequisites by December 2014 for the 2014-15 application cycle.

Physical Therapy prerequisite courses are intended to prepare the student for professional studies within the School of Health Sciences.  Applicants must have a pre-requisite GPA of 3.2 to be eligible to apply to the USD Physical Therapy program.  Applicants can use a GPA calculator to verify that they meet this requirement.

Prerequisite Courses

Course Subject

Lab

Sem. Hrs

Quart.
Hrs

Acceptable Courses at USD

Course Description

Anatomy

NO

3

 
  • PHGY 220- Human Anatomy/Physiology I w/ Lab
  • PHGY 230-Human Anatomy/Physiology II w/ Lab
  • ANAT 142-Anatomy
  • PHGY 210-Human Physiology w/ Lab
  • BIOL 481-Vertebrate Anatomy & Embryology
  • BIOL 428-Comparative Physiology w/ Lab
  • BIOL 456-Mammalian Physiology

-

Physiology

Yes

3

 

See Anatomy Courses Above

-

Biology I

Yes

4

6

  • BIOL 151-General Biology I w/ Lab
  • BIOL 153-General Biology II w/ Lab

Biology must be at the level for majors

Biology II

Yes

4

6

See Biology I Courses Above

Biology must be at the level for majors

Chemistry I

Yes

4

6

  • CHEM 112-General Chemistry I w/ Lab
  • CHEM 114-General Chemistry II w/ Lab

Chemistry must be at the level for majors

Chemistry II

Yes

4

6

See Chemistry I Courses Above

Chemistry must be at the level for majors 

Physics I

Yes

4

6

  •  PHYS 111-Introduction to Physics w/ Lab
  • PHYS 211-University Physics I w/ Lab

-

Physics II

Yes

4

6

  • PHYS 113-Introduction to Physics II w/ Lab
  • PHYS 213-University Physics II w/ Lab

-

Psychology:  General NO

3

 
  • Psychology:  General or College

-

Psychology:  Developmental

NO

3

 
  • Psychology:  Developmental

Lifespan Psychology courses are acceptable

Psychology: Abnormal NO

3

 
  • Psychology:  Abnormal

-

Statistics

N/A

3

 
  • STAT 281-Introduction to Statistics

Statistics within any discipline is acceptable