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Pre-Physical Therapy Program

Requirements:

Please note that physical therapy programs vary for their requirements.  Be sure to check all programs you are considering applying to early during your undergraduate career for specific pre-requisites needed to apply to that school's program. The information for this list was compiled from the 2015-2016  

American Physical Therapy Association website and the physical therapy programs in North Carolina. Standardized Exam required for admission: GRE Resource for national standards:  American Physical Therapy Association.

Required Courses:
BIO 213 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 214 Anatomy & Physiology II
Many programs require 1-2 biology courses beyond the anatomy and physiology sequence.  Some suggestions include:
BIO 201 Cellular and Molecular Foundations
BIO 120 Microbiology for Health Professionals or BIO 330 Microbiology
BIO 303 Genetics
CHM 111, 111L Chemistry Principles I & Lab
CHM 112, 112L Chemistry Principles II & Lab
MAT 130 Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences or ENV Data Analysis for Natural Sciences or other statistics course
PHY 201 College Physics I
PHY 202 College Physics II
PSY 101 General Psychology

In addition to the above, the following courses are recommended:

Social Science Courses and Other Courses:
Note that some physical therapy programs require three psychology courses and may recommend a sociology course.
PHL 310 Biomedical Ethics
PSY 210 Developmental Psychology
PSY 271 Abnormal Psychology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Kinesiology Courses:
KIN 314 Exercise and Sport Physiology
Languages:
Consider starting Spanish or continuing it from high school to increase your ability to work with Spanish-speaking patients as this skill will be valuable with demographic trends in the United States.

Total: 40-44 Hrs for required courses.    

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