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Physical Therapy School Requirements

Course Requirements for Selected Physical Therapy Schools

The list of Hunter College Courses is meant as a catalogue of courses in selecting appropriate and corresponding courses to an allied health professions's school admissions requirements. This catalogue of courses is not meant to detail pre-requisites for admission to all health professions schools. Again, this catalogue of courses is listed to assist students in their course planning.

Course Pre-Requirements for each individual school are listed within the school's text box; students may refer to the individual school's requirements and compare to the corresponding Hunter College course.

disclaimer: This information is an overview and should in NO WAY substitute for personally reviewing requirements for each school.

Corresponding Science Courses for the
Health Professions at Hunter College:

  • BIOL 100 (spring and summer)—General Biology I (with Lab)
  • BIOL 102 (fall)—General Biology II (with Lab)
  • BIOL 120 (fall) and BIOL 122 (spring)—Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIOL 203 (spring)—Genetics (spring)
  • BIOL 230 (spring)—Microbiology (spring)
  • BIOL 270 (fall)—Intro to Neuroscience (fall)
  • BIOL 300 or CHEM 376—Biochemistry

  • CHEM 102—General Chemistry I Lecture
  • CHEM 104—General Chemistry II Lecture
  • CHEM 106—General Chemistry Lab I and II
  • CHEM 222—Organic Chemistry I Lecture
  • CHEM 223—Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • CHEM 224—Organic Chemistry II Lecture
  • CHEM 225—Organic Chemistry II Lab

  • PHYS 110—General Physics I (with Lab)
  • PHYS 120—General Physics II (with Lab)

  • MATH 150—Calculus I
  • MATH 155—Calculus II
  • STAT 213—Statistics

  • ENGL 110—English Composition I
  • ENGL 220—English Composition II (or any writing-intensive course)

Medical Terminology—no corresponding course at Hunter. You must ePermit the course.


Social Science Courses

  • ECO 100—Introduction to Economics
  • SOC 100—Introduction to Sociology
  • PSYCH 100—Introduction to Psychology—(or introduction to any of the behavioral sciences)
  • PSYCH 150—Developmental: The Development of the Life Span—(or introduction to any of the behavioral sciences)
  • Public Speaking—any course where you are required to give classroom presentations

Hunter College

Hunter College

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Admission Exam: GRE required


Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree (BA or BS) from an accredited four-year institution by the end of the spring semester prior to entry. You are not required to be a graduate of Hunter College to apply to this program. If you have taken courses in a non-accredited institution and/or you have taken courses outside of the U.S., please read the statement at the end of this page!

The bachelor's degree requirement for entry is based upon the CAPTE criteria which mandates that physical therapy programs are “built on a balance of course work in social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, which is appropriate in depth and breadth, to develop the ability in students to think independently, to weight values, to understand fundamental theory, and to develop skill for clinical practice, including critical thinking and communication.”


Prerequisite Coursework:

  • 2 Semesters of Anatomy & Physiology (with Lab)
  • 2 Semesters of Physics (with Lab)
  • 2 Semesters of Chemistry (with Lab)
  • 1 Semester of Mathematics
  • 2 Semesters of Psychology
  • 1 Semester of Statistics
  • 1 Semester of English Composition

Recommended Coursework:

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Child Psychology

Required Application:

  • Hunter College Graduate Admissions Application
  • Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)

Website: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/pt/admissions/before-applying


The School of Health Sciences of Touro College

The School of Health Sciences of Touro College

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Admission Exam: GRE required

Prerequisite Coursework:

  • 8 Credits of Biology (with Lab)
  • 8 Credits of Physics (with Lab)
  • 8 Credits of Chemistry (with Lab)
  • 6 Credits of Anatomy & Physiology
  • 6 Credits of Psychology (including General Psychology)
  • 6 Credits of English
  • 3 Credits of Mathematics (Pre-Calculus level)
  • 3 Credits of Statisitics

Required Application:

  • Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)

Website: https://shs.touro.edu/programs/doctor-of-physical-therapy/admissions/


Columbia University

Columbia University

Minimum GPA: 2.75
Admission Exam: GRE required

Prerequisite Coursework:

  • 4 Credits of Biology I (with Lab)
  • 4 Credits of Biology II (with Lab)
  • 4 Credits of Chemistry I (with Lab)
  • 4 Credits of Chemistry II (with Lab)
  • 4 Credits of Physics I (with Lab)
  • 4 Credits of Physics II (with Lab)
  • 3 Credits of Anatomy (with Lab Recommended)
  • 3 Credits of Physiology (with Lab Recommended)
  • 6 Credits of Psychology
  • 15 Credits of Social/Behavioral Sciences
  • 3 Credits of Statistics
  • 3 - 4 Credits of One Additional Science Course

Required Application:

  • Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)

Website: https://www.vagelos.columbia.edu/education/academic-programs/programs-physical-therapy/doctor-physical-therapy/prospective-applicants/admissions/admissions-requirements


Long Island University

Long Island University

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Admission Exam: GRE required

Prerequisite Coursework:

  • 1 Semester of General Biology (with Lab)
  • 2 Semester Sequence of General Chemistry (with Lab)
  • 2 Semester Sequence of General Physics (with Lab)
  • 1 Semester of Anatomy & Physiology (part 1)
  • 1 Semester of Anatomy & Physiology (part 2)
  • 1 Semester of Statistics

Required Application:

  • Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)

Website: https://www.liu.edu/DPT


New York Institute of Technology

New York Institute of Technology

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Admission Exam: N/A

Prerequisite Coursework:

  • 2 Courses in General Chemistry (with Lab)
  • 2 Courses in General Physics (with Lab)
  • 2 Courses in General Biology (with Lab)
  • 1 Course in General Psychology
  • 1 Additional Course in Psychology
  • 1 Course in College Algbra, Trigonometry, or Pre-Calculus
  • 1 Course in Statistics
  • 1 Course in Human Physiology (with Lab) OR Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with Lab)

Required Application:

  • Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)

Website: https://www.nyit.edu/health_professions/physical_therapy_admissions


New York Medical College

New York Medical College

Minimum GPA: 3.5
Admission Exam: N/A

Prerequisite Coursework:

  • 1 Course in Biology (with Lab)
  • 2 Courses in Anatomy & Physiology (with Lab)
  • 2 Courses in Chemistry (with Lab)
  • 2 Courses in Physics (with Lab)
  • 1 Semester of General Psychology
  • A Second Course in Psychology
  • 1 Course in Mathematics
  • 1 Course in Statistics

Required Application:

  • Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)

Website: https://www.nymc.edu/school-of-health-sciences-and-practice-shsp/admissions--financial-aid/admission-requirements/doctor-of-physical-therapy-dpt/prerequisite-courses/


New York University

New York University

Minimum GPA: 3.00
Admission Exam: GRE required

Prerequisite Coursework:

  • 4 Credits of Biology I (with Lab)
  • 4 Credits of Biology II (with Lab)
  • 4 Credits of Chemistry I (with Lab)
  • 4 Credits of Chemistry II (with Lab)
  • 4 Credits of Physics I (with Lab)
  • 4 Credits of Physics II (with Lab)
  • 4 Credits of Physiology OR 8 Credits of Anatomy/Physiology I & II
  • 3 Credits of Psychology
  • 6 Credits of Social/Behavioral Science Courses
  • 3 Credits of Statistics
  • 1 Course in Physical Activity (Credit or Non Credit)

Required Application:

  • Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)

Website: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/degree/doctor-physical-therapy/how-apply


Stony Brook

Stony Brook

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Admission Exam: GRE required

Prerequisite Coursework:

  • 2 Courses of Biology I and II (with Lab)
  • 2 Courses of Chemistry I and II (with Lab)
  • 2 Courses of Physics I and II (with Lab)
  • 2 Courses of Anatomy & Physiology (with Lab) OR 1 Course in Anatomy and 1 Course in Physiology (Lab not Required)
  • 1 Course in Psychology
  • 1 Course in Statistics

Required Application:

  • Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)

Website: https://healthprofessions.stonybrookmedicine.edu/programs/pt/eldpt/prospective/requirements


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