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Pre-Physical Therapy

In order to become a Physical Therapist, you must:

  • complete a bachelor’s degree in any major
  • take the appropriate pre-requisite coursework
  • take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • complete a doctoral degree in physical therapy from an accredited PT program
  • complete a series of supervised clinical internships in a variety of settings
  • pass the Physical Therapy Licensing Exam to obtain state licensure

What should I major in?

While there is no prescribed major for admission into physical therapy school, it is imperative that students complete all required courses for admission. Physical therapy schools vary in their requirements, and it is important for you to learn what coursework the schools that interest you want. Choose your major according to your strengths, interest and alternative career choices.

Minimally, a student should complete these courses at WCU for entrance into many physical therapy schools:

  • BIOL 140, BIOL 141, BIOL 291, BIOL 292
    • Principles of Biology I, Principles of Biology lI, Human Anatomy & Physiology I, Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • CHEM 132, CHEM 133
    • Survey of Chemistry I, Survey of Chemistry II
  • PHYS 130, PHYS 131
    • Introductory Physics I, Introductory Physics II
  • MATH 170
    • Applied Statistics
  • PSY 150 and/or other course in social or behavioral sciences
    • General Psychology
  • HPE 225 or  other Exercise Physiology course
    • Applied Kinesiology

Who can help me at WCU?

Zachary Williams at 828.227.2555 or

Honors College students contact: Emily Sharpe at 828.227.3277 or

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