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Health Sciences Program

Choosing and Scheduling Courses

The starting point for a career in physical therapy is your undergraduate preparation. You will need to earn a bachelor's degree and fulfill the necessary pre-requisite courses. Such courses may vary somewhat among physical therapy programs, so be certain to determine the exact pre-requisite courses necessary to gain admission to the physical therapy schools of your choice. In general, undergraduate preparation will entail the following courses.

Required Courses

  • General (inorganic) Chemistry I and II plus the laboratory components
  • General Physics I and II plus the laboratory components
  • Biology I and II plus the laboratory components
  • Psychology - general (introductory) psychology
  • Developmental Psychology (lifespan, gerontology, etc.)
  • Mathematics -¬†statistics

Recommended Courses (these can vary considerably at physical therapy schools; some of these courses may be mandatory at some institutions)

  • Human Anatomy plus the laboratory component
  • Human Physiology plus the laboratory component
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Biomechanics/Kinesiology
  • Medical Terminology

When selecting an undergraduate major you have several choices, bearing in mind that you will need a solid grounding in the basic sciences. You can choose any major you like as long as you successfully complete all of the pre-requisite courses above. However, it may be wise to choose a major that includes many of the above courses. This will make it easier to schedule your course work and stay on track to graduate on time.