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General Pre-Physical Therapy School Course Requirements

Prerequisite requirements vary slightly between schools. It is important to check the requirements of each school you are considering to make sure you complete all requirements of the schools to which you plan to apply. It is better to begin your research on physical therapy programs sooner than later (preferably by your sophomore year).

A comprehensive list of physical therapy programs by state, including admissions deadlines, entrance requirements, credentials awarded, fees etc. can be found on the PTCAS (Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service) website.

Following are some of the most common courses required and recommended.


Course Subject # Semesters UC Berkeley course sequence most students use to fulfill requirements
General Chemistry 2 semesters of general chemistry with lab Chem 1A/1AL, 1B
4A, 4B
4A, 1B
Biology 2 semesters with lab Bio 1B, 1A/1AL
Physics 2 semesters with lab Physics 8A, 8B 
Physics 7A, 7B 
Physics 7A, 8B
Human Anatomy 1 semester with lab IB 131/131L
Physiology 1 semester with lab Depends on the profession – some options are below:
MCB 32/32L,
IB 132/132L,
MCB 136/133L
Other Physiology Kinesiology, Pathophysiology or exercise physiology are common courses taken  
Stats 1 semester Stat 2
Stat 131A
OR Stat 20
English 2 semesters Courses that satisfy the Reading and Composition requirement at Berkeley will fulfill PT school English coursework requirements for most PT schools. See a list of those courses. Save your course syllabi in case PT schools express concern that you did not complete their English requirement.
Humanities, Social & Behavioral Science Most schools require 1 semester of an introductory course/s in psych
And/OR additional social science coursework
Psych 1 (for majors) 
Psych 2 (for non majors) 
Sociol 1
Foreign Language Knowledge and cultural competency in at least one foreign language is strongly recommended  

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