Preparing for a Career in Physical Therapy

Use this link to learn more about a career as a Physical Therapist

Academic Requirements

Requirements vary widely by school so it is important to look at the requirements of programs you are considering to be sure you include those courses in your academic career at The University of Arizona.

Physical Therapy School Prerequisites
 

Requirement General Description U of A Course Numbers
Biology 8 Semester Hours Biology

MCB 181R & 181L

ECOL 182 R & 182L

Chemistry (usually will accept gen chem and/or organic) 8 Semester Hours Chemisty

CHEM 151

CHEM 152

Microbiology with lab 4 Semester Hours of Microbiology with lab MIC 205A & 205L
Psychology 3-9 semester hours of Psychology usually including introductory, developmental, abnormal)

PSY 150A1 or PSY 101 (introductory)

PSY 200 (development), PSY 381 (abnormal)

English 6 Semester Hours

English 101& 102 or

English 109H & additional English class, usually composition

Mathematics 6 Semester Hours

Math 112 (College Algebra) and

Math 163 or 263 (statistics/biostats)

Anatomy/Physiology

8 Semester Hours Physiology and Anatomy

PSIO 201 and 202
Physics 8 Semester Hours Physics with Lab

Phys 102 and 181

Phys 103 and 182

Application Pathway

The standardized test required for most PT programs is the GRE General Test.  For more information about that exam see the GRE section of the Educational Testing Service web site.

The Centralized Application Service for Physical Therapy Schools is PTCAS.  PTCAS has a wealth of information regarding the application process, PT programs and their requirements for admission

Resources

PT programs and their prerequisite course requirements

Pre-Health Professions