Pre-Physical Therapy Program

DR. ALYSSA HAHN, ADVISOR
MS. KELLY PARSLEY, ADVISOR

Although students interested in physical therapy may select any major, the following are the most frequently chosen: Health Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, and Biology. Many PT grad schools list an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 for admission, to be competitive a GPA of at least 3.5 is needed. The prerequisite GPA is usually higher.

Schools of physical therapy vary somewhat in their admission requirements. Therefore, it is highly recommended that students contact the particular physical therapy schools to which they wish to apply to gain a thorough understanding of the prerequisites so that their academic programs at Carroll can be planned to accommodate any changes to the recommendations listed below. It is advisable that the selection of physical therapy schools to which the students intend to apply be done early in the students’ academic careers so there is time to make accommodations.

Carroll College recommends the following courses for those preparing to enter a physical therapy program. These represent minimum requirements for most schools.

BI121Foundations of Cell & Molecular Biology

3

BI122Foundations of Organismal Biology

3

BI131Lab Explorations Cellular &Molecular BI

1

BI132Physiology and Ecology Lab

1

BI201Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4

BI202Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4

 

CH101General Chemistry I

3

CH101LGeneral Chemistry I Lab

1

CH102General Chemistry II

3

CH102LGeneral Chemistry II Lab

1

PHYS201Physics I:Mechanics, Wave Motion Sound

4

PHYS202Physics II:Thermody/Elec/Mag/Opt/ModPhy

4

or

PHYS205Physics Using Calculus I: Mechanics

4

PHYS206Physics Using Calculus II

4

MA117Difference Equations and Linear Algebra

3

or

MA121Differential Calculus

3

 

MA207Introduction to Statistics

3

PSY105General Psychology

3

 

PSY203Developmental Psychology

3

or

PSY306Abnormal Psychology

3

Certification in Advanced First Aid and CPR is required by most schools. Communication and English composition prerequisites are included in Carroll Core requirements. A small number of schools allow courses in Comparative Anatomy and Vertebrate Physiology to substitute for Human Anatomy and Physiology.