Some required and recommended courses are listed below.
Pre-Requisite requirements vary between programs so pre-physical therapy students are advised to study carefully the requirements of the physical therapy programs of their choice. Interested students are encouraged to refer to The American Physical Therapy Association, Inc. website www.apta.org to view a list of accredited Physical Therapy Programs at the earliest opportunity to plan for the pre-requisite requirements of a specific physical therapy program. Some required and recommended courses are listed below:
Biology: BIO-101, BIO-102, (BIO 118 or other advanced BIO course with lab recommended).
Chemistry: CHE-107, CHE-141.
Health and Exercise Science: HES-234, HES-235, HES-214.
Mathematics: Statistics (not E/M-125). *Pre-requisite for MCS 142 Introduction to Statistics- MCS-118/119 or MCS-121.
Physics: PHY-120/121 and PHY-170/171 or PHY-122/121 and PHY-172/171.
Psychology: PSY-100, PSY 234, PSY-241, PSY 334 (Lifespan Development need both PSY 234 and PSY 334.)
- Research Methods: recommended.
Sociology/ Anthropology: S/A-111 or S/A-112 or S/A-113 or other sociology/anthropology course.
Sample Curriculum of pre-requisite courses for
Physical Therapy @ Gustavus
BIO 101 Principles of Biology
BIO 102 Organismal Biology
S/A 111, 112, 113 or other S/A course
MCS 121 or 118/119 (Pre-requisite for MCS 142 Introduction to Statistics)
HES 234 Human Anatomy & Phy. I
PSY 234 Developmental Psychology
HES 235 Human Anatomy & Phy. II
PSY 241 Abnormal Psychology
PHY 120/121 or PHY 122/121
HES 214 Medical Terminology
PHY 170/171 or PSY 172/171
Statistics (not E/M- 125)
BIO 118 (or other advanced Biology course with lab recommended)
Research Methods (recommended)
Examples of Pre-requisite Physical Therapy Programs
Choosing a Major
Choosing a major requires forethought and introspection. The major you choose should be any area of study that interests you. Physical Therapy Programs do not admit students based upon their major. However, you must complete their pre-requisite academic and extracurricular requirements.
Gain experience and earn credit in a health career by doing a January Interim Career Exploration or a Semester Internship. Search opportunities by clicking gustiejobs
Different ways to gain experience in the medical field may include:
January Interim Career Exploration
Interaction with physicians AND patients
Study and travel experience
It is important to show a pattern of commitment to service “the distance traveled”.
Updated 9/26/2013 JMV