Increasingly, physical therapy (PT) degree programs are moving toward a doctorate degree as the minimal requirement for licensure and practice. Generally, these programs do not prescribe a specific undergraduate major, but rather require certain prerequisite courses to be taken before ad-mission to the PT curriculum. Although these pre-professional courses vary somewhat from program to program, the basic requirements are similar. Students interested in this field should obtain the requirements of the specific PT program they wish to attend and are encouraged to have academic advisors from either the Biological Sciences or Kinesiology and Health Studies Departments.
The minimum pre-professional requirements for physical therapy programs typically include: 1.) Two semesters of general biology, animal biology or zoology, with labs (BIO 111, 212, 214, 305, 306, and 325 are recommended); 2.) two semesters of general chemistry with labs (CHE 111, 112, 113); 3.) 2 semesters of general physics with labs (PHY 211, 212). Additional upper level courses in biology, chemistry, and/or physics are also recommended to increase the overall value of the application. Courses in general psychology (PSY 111), adolescence and adulthood (PSY 242) and child development (PSY 340), medical terminology (KHS 200), Exercise Physiology (KHS 423), KHS 304, KHS 306 (with lab), Oral communication (COM 200) and statistics (MAT 111) are recommended and/or required by many institutions. Additional requirements include a minimum of 50 volunteer hours.