Below are listed the most common pre-requisites for doctoral physical therapy programs and the Bradley courses which will satisfy them. Be aware that each DPT program may establish their own specific pre-requisites which may vary from this list, so it is your responsibility to carefully research the admission requirements for schools to which you plan to apply. Pre-requisite courses may be taken as part of a Bradley major, minor, Bradley Core or free electives. Work with your academic advisor and Dr. Bennett to plan the best timing and sequence for completing pre-requisites for physical therapy schools. All science courses should be taken with labs unless otherwise noted.

See PTCAS program directory for program-specific requirements.

  • BIO 151: Molecules to Cells and BIO 152: Lab
    or BIO 111: Introduction to Cell Biology and BIO 113: Lab
  • BIO 251: Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity and BIO 252: Lab
    or BIO 112: Introduction to Ecology and Evolution and BIO 114: Lab
  • BIO 230: Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 231: Lab
  • BIO 232: Human Anatomy and Physiology II and BIO 233: Lab
  • CHM 110: General Chemistry I and CHM 111: Lab
  • CHM 116: General Chemistry II and CHM 117: Lab
  • ENG 101: English Composition
  • PHY 107: General Physics I
    or PHY 110: University Physics I
  • PHY 108: General Physics II
    or PHY 201: University Physics II
  • 1 semester of Statistics
    • MTH 111: Elementary Statistics
    • BIO 260: Biological Statistics I and BIO 261: Biological Statistics II
    • PSY 205: Quantitative Methods
    • KHS 310: Statistical Procedures in Health Sciences
  • PSY 101: Principles of Psychology *

*Additional PSY courses required or recommended for many PT programs:

  • PSY 303: Lifespan Development
    or PSY 350: Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 311: Principles of Abnormal Psychology
    or PSY 356: Abnormal Psychology

Recommended Courses

  • FCS 202: Food and Nutrition
  • KHS 320: Applied Physiology of Exercise
  • KHS 460: Kinesiology