Pre-Physical Therapy Program

KATHERINE WAGNER, 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.

BI 171Biological Principles I

3

BI 171LBiological Principles I Lab

1

BI 172Biological Principles II

3

BI 172LBiological Principles II Lab

1

BI 201Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology I

4

BI 202Intro to Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4

BI 171: some schools require a second general biology course

CH 101General Chemistry I

3

CH 101LGeneral Chemistry I Lab

1

CH 102General Chemistry II

3

CH 102LGeneral Chemistry II Lab

1

PHYS 201Physics I: Mechanics, Wave Motion, and Sound

4

PHYS 202Physics II:Thermody/Elec/Mag/Opt/ModPhy

4

or

PHYS 205Physics Using Calculus I: Mechanics

4

PHYS 206Physics Using Calculus II

4

MA 117Difference Equations and Linear Algebra

3

or

MA 121Differential Calculus

3

 

MA 207Introduction to Statistics

3

PSY 105General Psychology

3

 

PSY 203Developmental Psychology

3

or

PSY 306Abnormal 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.