Preprofessional Requirements for Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is a career requiring a professional degree (DPT.) Students wishing to apply to physical therapy school are encouraged to choose an undergraduate major that aligns with their interests and strengths. Because course requirements may change from year to year, students should research the admissions requirements for their schools of interest. These requirements are listed in the Course Prerequisites Summary, available through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) at www.ptcas.org, as well as through individual physical therapy program websites. Additional information about preparation for physical therapy programs can be found at www.apta.org Admission to physical therapy school is highly competitive, requiring solid academic performance, demonstrated interpersonal skills, exposure to the profession, and completion of the Graduate Records Exam (GRE). In addition to academic advising provided by the colleges and academic departments, students pursuing physical therapy are encouraged to take advantage of Health Professions Advising services at The Career Center early in their academic career at Illinois.
The Career Center provides health professions advising for students interested in pursuing physical therapy as a career, including discussion of required and recommended coursework, preparation outside the classroom, details of the application process, and characteristics of competitive applicants. In addition to one-on-one appointments, health professions advisors present workshops, host events, and coordinate campus visits for deans and admissions officers. More information for both current and prospective students is available on the Career Center's website at www.careercenter.illinois.edu.
Current students can make an appointment with a Health Professions Advisor at The Career Center by calling (217) 333-0820 or online via our website. Students may stop by during weekly drop-in hours, or email the health professions advising team at email@example.com with questions. Information about upcoming programs and services is available via the Health Careers Chronicle weekly e-newsletter.
The following chart represents common course requirements to prepare for physical therapy school. Individual programs may require additional coursework and/or expect students to go beyond minimum preparation. Students are strongly encouraged to research their specific schools of interest.
|General Biology with laboratory||8-10|
|Molec & Cellular Basis of Life|
|Molec & Cellular Laboratory 1|
|Organismal & Evolutionary Biol|
|Organismal & Evol Biol Lab 1|
|Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory||10|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology I|
|Human Anat & Physiol Lab I|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology II|
|Human Anat & Physiol Lab II|
|General Chemistry with laboratory||8|
|General Chemistry I|
|General Chemistry Lab I|
|General Chemistry II|
|General Chemistry Lab II|
|Physics with laboratory||10|
|College Physics: Mech & Heat|
|College Physics: E&M & Modern|
or MATH 221
|Courses in Social and Behavioral Sciences (typically Psychology courses)||variable|
|HDFS 105||Intro to Human Development||3|
|PSYC 100||Intro Psych||4|
|PSYC 238||Abnormal Psych||3|
|Medical Terms-GRK & LAT Roots (or Self Study)|
UIC and Northwestern require Calculus. Other schools may require statistics or no math.