Pre-Physical Therapy/Exercise Science

Pre-physical therapy prepares students to meet the admission requirements for Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. Students who choose this area of study will major in exercise science with the option to complete a sport performance or fitness and wellness promotion emphasis.

In conjunction with the exercise science major, the pre-physical therapy area of study is a rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum requiring the completion of several challenging courses. An ACT score of 28 or higher is recommended. Doctor of Physical Therapy programs are highly competitive, and a GPA of 3.50 or higher is expected. Students should also prepare to complete the GRE by the end of their junior year (additional requirements may be necessary according to the physical therapy program in which you apply). Throughout their time at AU, students will work closely the Crouse Center for Student Success and a pre-physical therapy advisor to confirm they are meeting all necessary requirements.

Recommended Pre-Physical Therapy Core: 46 semester hours

  • BIO1210 Biology of Cells (4)
  • BIO2660 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)*
  • BIO2670 Anatomy and Physiology II (4)*
  • BIO1100 Medical Terminology (2)
  • PSY1100 General Psychology (4)
  • PSY3250 Lifespan Development (4)
  • CHM1310 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CHM1320 General Chemistry II (4)
  • PHY2210 General Physics I (4)
  • PHY2220 General Physics II (4)
  • MTH1310 Precalculus (4)
  • MTH2320 Statistics (4)

*BIO2660 and BIO2670 replaces BIO2650.

Additional Recommended Course: 4 semester hours

  • BIO1220 Biology of Organisms (4)

Physical Therapist Application Process

Prospective physical therapist students should use the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service to apply.