Pre-Physical Therapy

About the Profession:

Physical therapy is a dynamic and rewarding profession that focuses on optimizing movement and quality of life in people of all ages. Physical therapists work in a variety of settings including, hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, skilled nursing facilities and home care. The demand for Physical Therapists is projected to increase over the next 5-10 years. An entry level clinical doctoral degree is required to apply for licensure to practice physical therapy. It is a post baccalaureate degree that typically takes 3 years to complete. Entrance requirements to physical therapy programs vary, so students are strongly encouraged to communicate directly with the programs they are interested in to ensure they meet the requirements for admission.


Most Common Course Requirements:

2 courses in general Biology (4 credit hours each) with labs
2 courses in general Chemistry (4 credit hours each) with labs
2 courses in general Physics (4 credit hours each) with labs

Human Anatomy (4 cr) with lab
Human Physiology (4 cr) with lab
Combined anatomy and physiology (8 credits) I and II with labs

Composition I and II (1 course at 100 level, 1 at 200 level)
Statistics (in Biology, psychology or math departments only)
General Psychology
Math- Precalculus or higher

Other Suggested Courses:

Additional biology courses (cell, histology, embryology, genetics)
Psychology courses such as abnormal and developmental psychology courses
Biomechanics, kinesiology, exercise science
Public Speaking

Degree plans

BS degree plan for pre-physical therapy
BA degree plan for pre physical therapy

Important Links:

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA):
Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS):

Universities in Alabama with DPT Programs:

Alabama State University:
Samford University:
University of Alabama at Birmingham:
University of South Alabama