Physical Therapy

Graduate schools in the field of Physical Therapy require at least three, and preferably four years of undergraduate work. It is also recommended that the applicant work in a Physical Therapy clinic to familiarize themselves with the field prior to making application.

In general, PT programs require at least the following courses, though each school has variations on this, and may require additional courses.

Minimum Rquired Courses:

  • General Biology (2)
  • General Chemistry (2)
  • Physics for Life Sciences (2)
  • Statistics
  • Human Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • General Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • English Composition
  • Literature

Note that specific schools do require some other courses, but this list covers most of the general requirements.

2014-2015 list of pre-requisites

2016 Table of pre-requisites for all programs from PTCAS

Any questions can be addressed to :

The American Physical Therapy Association
1111 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488

Visit the APTA website for informationto learn more about careers in Physical Therapy.