Pre-Physical Therapy

General Information

Bachelor’s Degree RequiredYes
Entrance ExamGRE (Graduate Record Examination)
Entrance Exam ResourcesAbout the GRE
What is the GRE (Kaplan)
About the GRE Test (Princeton Review)
Shadowing Hours>100 hours
Application SystemsPTCAS
Application Timeline & ChecklistPTCAS Program Deadlines
Program DirectoryPTCAS Program Directory
CAPTE Program Directory
“Pre-Professional Resource Library”Coming Soon!
Professional Associations & AccreditationsAmerican Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
American Physical Therapy Association – Oregon (APTA)
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT)
American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Education (APTA Education)
Additional ResourcesPT Admission Process (APTA)
PTCAS Overview (APTA)

Recommended Coursework (PDF)

Biology CoursesBIOL211 Principles of Biology w/ Lab (5)
BIOL212 Principles of Biology w/ Lab (5)
BIOL213 Principles of Biology w/ Lab (5)
BIOL231 Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/ Lab (4)
BIOL232 Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/ Lab (4)
BIOL233 Human Anatomy & Physiology III w/ Lab (4)
Chemistry CoursesCHEM204 General Chemistry w/ Lab (5)
CHEM205 General Chemistry w/ Lab (5)
CHEM206 General Chemistry w/ Lab (5)
Physics CoursesPHYS201 General Physics w/ Lab (4)
PHYS202 General Physics w/ Lab (4)
PHYS203 General Physics w/ Lab (4)
Math CoursesMATH111 College Algebra (4) or MATH112 Precalculus (4)
STAT243 Elementary Statistics (4)
Social Science CoursesSOC204 Introduction to Sociology (5)
SOC205 Introduction to Sociology: Problems (5)
PSY201 General Psychology (4)
PSY202 General Psychology (4)
Strongly Suggested Electives/Additional CoursesSCI215 Medical Terminology (3)
NotesThe curriculum in the Pre-Physical Therapy pathway is designed to prepare students for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and entrance into a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Course prerequisites for admission vary significantly across DPT programs. Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their Advisor when selecting appropriate coursework.