DPT Prerequisites

Please find prerequisite information below. For admission information and related materials, visit DPT Admission.

Prerequisite Qualifications

The applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. To qualify for Regular Admission to the Graduate School, a student must have earned an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, or a 2.85 cumulatively. However, admission to the program is highly competitive. The average GPA for students accepted into WCU’s physical therapy program has been in the 3.6-3.7 range for the past 5 years.

Prerequisite Courses

The applicant must have completed the following courses prior to enrollment in the program. No more than two prerequisite courses may be outstanding at the time of application. All science courses must include a lab.

a.  PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I & II (8 semester hours)

Basic cell structure and function, bioenergetics, introduction to genetics and molecular biology. Second course includes comparative introduction to structure, physiology, and evolutionary trends among organisms. BIOL 140 and BIOL 141. 

b.  HUMAN ANATOMY and HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY (6-8 semester hours)

The anatomy and physiology requirement may be met by a one-semester course in human anatomy and one-semester course in human physiology. A two-semester sequence of combined human anatomy and physiology courses is also acceptable. BIOL 291: “Human Anatomy” (4 hours) AND BIOL 292: Human Physiology” (4 hours).

c.  CHEMISTRY I & II (8 semester hours)

Acceptable courses include general chemistry, biochemistry, and organic or inorganic chemistry. CHEM 132: “Intro to Chemistry” (4 hours) AND CHEM 133: “Survey of Organic and Biochemistry” (4 hours).     

d.  PHYSICS I & II (8 semester hours)

Courses must include mechanics, electricity, heat, sounds, and light.  PHYS 130/131 (4,4) OR PHYS 230/231: “General Physics” (4,4).

e.  GENERAL/INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY (not abnormal psychology) (3 semester hours)

Introductory course to psychology. PSY 150.

f. STATISTICS (3 semester hours)

One lecture should include descriptive statistics and tests of hypotheses. Qualitative research methodology is recommended but not required. Satisfactory courses in statistics include those taught by departments of psychology, math, education, computer science, and sociology. Statistics courses in departments such as business and health professions services are also acceptable, if they include the content describe above. MATH 170: “Applied Statistics” (3 hours).

Please visit DPT Admission for admission information and related materials.


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