Pre-Physical Therapy

Did you know what a physical therapist does?

He/she works with patients of all ages who have medical problems or other conditions that limit the ability of a person to move around well or perform daily activities.

Requirements for admission to a graduate program leading to a doctoral degree in physical therapy (DPT)  vary among professional schools. If you are interested in a career as a physical therapist, please contact Pre-Health Professions Advisor at UNA and consult the catalog of the graduate school offering the physical therapy program.  No specific major is required, although the most common majors nationwide are movement sciences like exercise science and biology.   Students applying to graduate programs must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.  The following courses are usually required before acceptance into a physical therapy doctoral  degree program.  These courses may be taken as part of your undergraduate degree program or in addition to it. Click here for a list of the PT schools, their pre-requisites and PT observation requirements.

Course Requirements vary among schools, however the following are the most common required pre-requisites:

  • BI 111 Principles of Biology I
  • BI 112 Principles of Biology II
  • BI 241 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BI 242 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • CH 111 General Chemistry I
  • CH 112 General Chemistry II
  • PH 241 General Physics I or PH 251 Technical Physics I
  • PH 242 General Physics II or PH 252 Technical Physics II
  • MA 113 Pre-calculus Trigonometry or MA 115 Pre-calculus Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MA 147 or MA 345 Applied Statistics
  • PY 201 Introductory Psychology AND 2 other PY courses (PY 242 Psychology of Adjustment, PY 302 Abnormal Psychology, PY 361 Physiological Psychology)

Most of these courses are part of the curriculum for a major in biology, but if  you wish to major in exercise science rather than biology, click here. Just remember many of these classes will have to be taken in addition to those required for the exercise science major.