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Pre-Physical Therapy Program

The curriculum listed below is designed for students interested in a professional career in physical therapy. Physical therapy schools can differ significantly in their pre-professional requirements. Therefore, students interested in transferring to a physical therapy program should consult with an advisor, determine physical therapy programs of interest, and pattern their specific pre-professional curriculum in line with these schools.

Because of the highly competitive nature of admittance into physical therapy programs, along with the transition to Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs, students should anticipate earning a baccalaureate degree before being accepted into a professional program. As with medicine, physical therapy programs provide substantial latitude in the academic major selected at the bachelor’s level.

The curriculum listed below indicates commonly required physical therapy prerequisites. Degree requirements, along with prerequisites specific to individual physical therapy programs of interest, will need to be added.

Check out the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) for additional information or PTCAS.

Pre-Professional Studies Advisors

Glenda Hill
Pre-Professional Studies
ghill@boisestate.edu208-426-3832NORCO 116
Erin Colburn
Academic Advisor
erincolburn@boisestate.edu208-426-2454NORCO 116
Thomas Kimble
Academic Advisor
thomaskimble@boisestate.edu208-426-3732NORCO 116

Pre-Physical Therapy Course Work

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
ENGL 101, 102English Composition6
Arts, Humanities, and University Foundations Courses(refer to requirements of major and professional school)12
Social Sciences (refer to additional requirements of major and professional school)3
COMM 101Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
PSYC 101General Psychology3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
BIOL 191-192
Concepts of Biology OR
General Biology I-II
BIOL 227, 228Human Anatomy and Physiology8
CHEM 111, 111L - 112, 112LCollege Chemistry I and II with Labs8
HLTHST 101Medical Terminology3
KINES 330, 331Exercise Physiology3
MATH 143-144 OR
MATH 147
College Algebra and Analytical Trigonometry OR
PHYS 111-112General Physics8
PSYC 295
Applied Statistics with Computers OR
Statistical Methods
PSYC 309
Abnormal Psychology OR/AND
Child Development
Other suggested courses: BIOL 205 Microbiology, KINES 270/271 Applied Anatomy and Lab, KINES 370/371 Biomechanics and Lab, Computer competency, upper-division biology (i.e. EWU requires an upper division Biology), core electives and other selected courses should be chosen with respect to meeting requirements of the student's major and the school to which the student expects to transfer.