Coursework

Prerequisite coursework varies by program, so be sure to check the specific requirements of schools where you want to apply. For a comprehensive list, click here.

 

For a pre-physical therapy course planning guide, click here. Also consider using our four-year planner to map out your coursework and extracurricular activities.

 

Mathematics

Math requirements vary. Many programs require algebra, trigonometry or calculus. We recommend that you take at least one math course and one course in statistics. Note that Math 112 is a prerequisite for Chem 103.

 

The statistics course can be taken in your major department.

Chemistry

Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Chemistry 103-104
  • Chemistry 109

Biological Sciences

General Biology

Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Zoology 101-102 + Additional bioscience course (Options include: Genetics, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Immunology)
  • Biology 151-152
  • Biocore: Students must apply to enroll in Biocore. For more information, visit their website.
    • Biocore 381-382 Evolution, Ecology and Genetics lecture/lab
    • Biocore 383-384 Cellular Biology lecture/lab
    • Biocore 485-486 Organismal Biology lecture/lab
    • Biocore 587 Biological Interactions

 

Anatomy & Physiology

  • Anatomy 328 (Anatomy 329 lab is required by some programs)
  • Physiology 335 OR 435

 

Exercise Physiology

Required by some DPT programs, including UW-Madison

  • Kinesiology 314

Physics

Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Physics 103-104 (algebra-based, calculus is not required)
  • Physics 201-202 (calculus-based; recommended for Engineering majors)
  • Physics 207-208 (calculus-based; recommended for Life Science majors)

Psychology/Lifespan Development

Many DPT programs require courses in lifespan development and psychology. Options include courses in:

  • Child Development: HDFS 362 or Psych 560 or Ed Psych 320
  • Adult Development: HDFS 363 or Psych 564
  • Introductory Psychology: Psych 202
  • Abnormal Psychology: Psych 509
English

Some DPT programs require coursework in English or Composition. Check individual school requirements for more information.