Physical therapy prerequisite courses are intended to prepare you for professional studies within the School of Health Sciences. Applicants must have cumulative and prerequisite GPAs of 3.2 (as calculated by PTCAS) based on a 4.0 scale to be eligible to apply to the physical therapy program.

You must obtain a bachelor's or master's/graduate degree for 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 bachelor's or master's/graduate degree obtained by June 1.

Applicants are allowed to have no more than two outstanding prerequisites at the completion of the fall 2017 semester for the 2017-2018 application cycle.

Full admission requirements can be found in the Graduate School catalog.

Prerequisite Courses

Biology Hours USD Sample Courses
Biology I
(at biology majors level, lab required)
4 semester hrs./
6 quarter hrs.
BIOL 151/151L: General Biology I w/ Lab
Biology II
(at biology majors level, lab required)
4 semester hrs./
6 quarter hrs.
BIOL 153/153L: General Biology II w/ Lab
Acceptable Biology Courses Content: Cell Biology, Embryology, General Biology, Genetics, Histology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology
Chemistry Hours USD Sample Courses
Chemistry I
(at chemistry majors level, lab required)
4 semester hrs./
6 quarter hrs.
CHEM 112/112L: General Chemistry I w/ Lab
Chemistry II
(at chemistry majors level, lab required)
4 semester hrs./
6 quarter hrs.
CHEM 114/114L: General Chemistry II w/ Lab
Acceptable Chemistry Courses: Biochemistry, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
Physics Hours USD Sample Courses
Physics I
(lab required)
4 semester hrs./
6 quarter hrs.
PHYS 111/111L: Introduction to Physics w/ Lab
PHYS 211/211L: University Physics I w/ Lab
Physics II
(lab required)
4 semester hrs./
6 quarter hrs.
PHYS 113/113L: Introduction to Physics II w/ Lab
PHYS 213/213L: University Physics II w/ Lab
Anatomy Hours USD Sample Courses
Anatomy* 3 semester hrs.
4.5 quarter hrs./
ANAT 142: Anatomy
BIOL 481: Vertebrate Anatomy & Embryology
PHGY 220: Human Anatomy/Physiology I w/ Lab
Physiology Hours USD Sample Courses
Physiology* 3 semester hrs./
4.5 quarter hrs.
PHGY 230/230L: Human Anatomy/Physiology II w/ Lab
PHGY 210/210L: Human Physiology w/ Lab
BIOL 428/428L: Comparative Physiology w/ Lab
BIOL 456: Mammalian Physiology
Statistics Hours USD Sample Courses
Statistics 3 semester hrs./
4.5 quarter hrs.
STAT 281: Introduction to Statistics
PSYC 371: Statistics in Psychological Research
BIOL 420: Introduction to Biostatistics & Computational Biology
Acceptable Statistics Courses: Biostatistics, Business Statistics, Psychology Statistics
Psychology Hours USD Sample Courses
General Psychology 3 semester hrs./
4.5 quarter hrs.
PSYC 101: General Psychology
Acceptable Psychology Courses: General Psychology, Introduction to Psychology
Developmental Psychology 3 semester hrs./
4.5 quarter hrs.
PSYC 321: Human Development: Lifespan
Acceptable Developmental Psychology Courses: Developmental Psychology, Lifespan Development/Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Child Psychology, Growth & Development
Abnormal Psychology 3 semester hrs./
4.5 quarter hrs.
PSYC 451: Psychology of Abnormal Behavior
Acceptable Abnormal Psychology Courses: Abnormal Psychology, Psychopathology
*A combined human anatomy/physiology course with a minimum of six credit hours with lab taken over two semesters can fulfill the anatomy and physiology requirements (PHGY 220 and PHGY 230/230L).