Information for Students Interested in Physical Therapy
You can find more information about physical therapy at the American Physical Therapy Association website.
A Listing of the accredited doctoral programs in physical therapy can be found at the APTA website.
Prerequisites for entry into a graduate program in PHYSICAL THERAPY
To be competitive for entry into a doctoral program in physical therapy, students must complete an undergraduate degree, complete a specified set of prerequisites and obtain hours in the field working with physical therapy professionals. To meet the requirements for a number of programs, students typically complete:
- general chemistry series (Chem 121, 122, 123),
- the general physics series (Physics 114, 115, 116),
- anatomy and physiology (Bio 348, 349),
- microbiology (Bio 345/346 or 245),
- some additional biology credits (BIO 204 and/or 205),
- statistics (Math 240 or KIN 307), and
- some psychology (Psych 101 and Psych 230 or 250).
- 200-400 hours of clinical experience
A summary of the prerequisites for physical therapy programs in the country can be found in
this document prepared by the APTA.
If your question isn't answered here, please contact Sherena.Geariety@wwu.edu to be directed to an advisor.