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School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences

Doctor of Physical Therapy Admissions

Prerequisite Courses

Please Note: Level of courses must be appropriate for science majors, and must have been completed
within five (5) years of date of application. Prerequisites and degree requirements must be completed at any 2 or 4 year regionally accredited institution within the U.S. They must also be successful completed with a grade of a C or better.

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) is NOT normally accepted as a substitution for completion of any college level prerequisite coursework unless validated by advanced coursework in the subject matter was completed during undergrad which demonstrates academic strength.

Dual Enrollment (DE) will be accepted if it was completed at a 2 or 4 year regionally accredited institution within the U.S., and the credits will be sent in via an official college transcript to PTCAS.

We will accept online coursework from any 2 or 4 year regionally accredited institution within the U.S., however we STRONGLY RECOMMEND completing science and lab courses in person and at a 4 year university. 

  • Chemistry

    General Chemistry I (CHM 2045 - 3cr)

    General Chemistry I - Laboratory (CHM 2045L -1cr)

    General Chemistry II (CHM 2046 - 3cr)

    General Chemistry II - Laboratory (CHM 2046L - 1cr)

  • Physics

    General Physics (PHY 2053 - 3cr)

    General Physics - Laboratory (PHY 2053L - 1cr)

    General Physics (PHY 2054 - 3cr)

    General Physics - Laboratory (PHY 2054L - 1cr)

  • Psychology

    Introduction to Psychological Science (PSY 2012 - 3cr), and one of the three course below:

    The Life Cycle (DEP 2004 - 3cr)

    Abnormal Psychology (CLP 4143 – 3cr)

    Developmental Psychology (DEP 4053 – 3cr)

  • Mathematics

    Introductory Statistics (STA 2023 - 3cr)

  • Biology

    Biology I - Cellular Processes (BSC 2010 - 3cr)

    Biology I - Cellular Processes Laboratory (BSC 2010L - 1cr)

    It is the preference of the DPT Student Selection Committee that students complete BSC 2093/94 course sequence.

    Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BSC 2093C - 4cr)

    Human Anatomy and Physiology II (BSC 2094C - 4cr)

    However, we will accept BSC 2085/86 course sequence.

    Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals I with Lab (BSC 2085/L - 4cr)

    Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professionals II with Lab (BSC 2086/L - 4cr)

  • Strongly Recommended Elective Courses

    Organic Chemistry

    Medical Terminology


    Exercise Physiology

    For more information on course descriptions, please use the search options on the USF Course Catalogs and Descriptions at the following website: