Prerequisite Courses (minimum credits required)
Please note the following requirements related to prerequisite course work:
- A single course may not be used to fulfill more than one prerequisite requirement (except a combined human anatomy/physiology class that is 6 semester credits or greater and includes a laboratory may be used to fulfill both the anatomy and physiology requirements).
- All prerequisite course work must be completed before the start of the DPT program; preference will be given to students who have at least 80% of their math and science prerequisites (8 classes) completed at the time of application.
- If a prerequisite course is taken more than once (even if at different universities), all instances that appear on the official transcript must be reported. The grades from all attempts will be averaged in prerequisite GPA calculations.
CHEMISTRY: two semesters (or equivalent) with laboratory.
These courses must be college level. The courses may be inorganic chemistry or they may be a combination of organic, inorganic or biochemistry. Introductory courses that cannot be used as prerequisites for more advanced courses are not acceptable.
PHYSICS: two semesters (or equivalent) with laboratory.
These courses must be college level and cover a broad background in physics, including the principles and application of mechanics, fluids, heat, thermodynamics, sound waves, electricity, magnetism and light.
ANATOMY: one semester (or equivalent) with laboratory.
This course may be human or mammalian, although human is preferred. A dissection laboratory is not required, but the course must contain some type of laboratory experience to be acceptable. A combined human anatomy/physiology course is generally not sufficient to fulfill the anatomy requirement (see below).
HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY: one semester (or equivalent) with laboratory.
This course should introduce the student to basic human physiological principles. A combined human anatomy/physiology course (with laboratory) may be used to fulfill the physiology requirement. If the combined human anatomy/physiology course (with laboratory) is 6 semester credits or greater, it will fulfill both the anatomy and physiology requirements.
BIOLOGY: two semesters (or equivalent) with laboratory.
It is required that students also enroll in a general biology course and an upper-level course (200 level or above). For those students who have already taken two or more 200 level or above biology courses, the general course is not necessary. Recommended upper-level courses include microbiology, molecular biology, or cellular biology.
One course in each, or a single course in algebra/trigonometry, or a single course in pre-calculus, or a single course in calculus, can be used to fulfill the requirement.
STATISTICS: one course.
This course should include the following content areas: elementary descriptive statistics on a sample of measurements, probability, binomial and normal distributions, sampling from populations, and simple problems of statistical inference. Biomedical statistics, education statistics or business statistics courses are acceptable.
ENGLISH: two courses in English composition.
These courses should develop the student's reading and writing skills. Courses must have a primary emphasis in writing. Literature courses may be used only if the course includes a significant writing component.
PSYCHOLOGY: two courses.
It is preferred that students enroll in a general psychology course (that includes content in basic psychology theory and research) and an upper level course (200 level or above). For those students who have already taken two or more 200 level or above psychology courses, the general course is not necessary. Abnormal psychology is strongly recommended.
The following courses are not required for admission, and grades from these courses will not be included in any science/math or prerequisite GPA calculations. However, our faculty believes that incoming students will benefit tremendously from having taken these courses. Therefore, we strongly recommend these courses to prospective applicants.
- One course in exercise physiology. For the 2016-2017 admission cycle, exercise physiology is strongly recommended. Beginning with the 2017-2018 cycle the course will be required for admission. This course should introduce the student to the basic metabolic, cardiorespiratory, and muscular responses to exercise and to the physiological adaptations to chronic activity.
- One course in kinesiology. This course should introduce the student to the anatomical and mechanical principles of human movement.
- One course in ethics. This course should introduce the student to the language and principles of ethical thought. It may include the nature of morality or the philosophical bases for the assessment of actions, agents and institutions. A course in medical ethics is preferred.