Certain basic requirements must be fulfilled before you can be accepted to a graduate program in physical therapy. This is a GUIDE only. Students must consult with their advisors AND the appropriate PT programs on a regular basis for revisions to course requirements and to identify and ensure completion of all required courses.
Some of the most common requirements include:
- 1 year Anatomy & Physiology
- 1 semester Biology
- 1 semester Exercise Physiology
- 1 year Chemistry
- 1 year Physics
- 1 year Psychology
- 1 semester Statistics
Students should meet with an academic advisor to determine which courses will fulfill these requirements and best align with their major.
Some physical therapy schools may have additional courses required or recommended. Review the admission requirements of the physical therapy schools you plan on applying in advance.
All required courses must be taken for a grade. Each school has its own policy regarding AP credit. Usually, AP credit in these areas should be followed with additional upper level work in the discipline including labs.