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Pre-Physical Therapy Program


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
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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