College of Arts and Sciences


Preprofessional Curricula
Physical Therapy

Indiana University offers a seven-year program leading to a degree in physical therapy (four years prephysical therapy leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any department in the College of Arts and Sciences, three years in the doctoral physical therapy program offered by Indiana University on the IUPUI campus). IU Northwest offers the courses required for entry into a doctoral program in physical therapy. Upon completion of the bachelor's degree, students must apply for entry to a school of physical therapy for their professional training. Admission to a physical therapy program also requires documented volunteer or paid experiences in health care settings.

Pre-Physical Therapy Requirements

The following classes are recommended to fulfill prerequisite requirements for most physical therapy schools:

  • BIOL-L101 (4cr.)
  • BIOL-L 102 (4 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 105 & C 125 (5 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 106 & C 126 (5 cr.)
  • Select one of the following physics series:
    • PHYS-P 201 and P 202 (10 cr.)
    • PHYS-P 221 and P 222 (10 cr.)
  • PHSL-P 261 (4 cr.)
  • PHSL-P 262 (4 cr.)
  • Basic statistics (K 300) (3 cr.)
  • Introductory psychology (PSY-P101 or PSY-P 102) (3 cr.)
  • PSY-P 216 (3 cr.)
  • Social science or humanities electives (6 cr.)

This plan of study will satisfy most of the requirements of other institutions. Applicants seeking admission to a physical therapy program should contact the school they are interested in attending for up-to-date information on specific prerequisites and admission requirements.

For further information contact the health professions advisor at (219) 980-7106.

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