Pre-Physical Therapy

Essential Courses

Course # Title
BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology
BI 121 Biology Lab I
BI 106 Structure and Function of Cells and Organisms
BI 122 Biology Lab II
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II Lab
CH 242 Integrated Chemistry: Organic
CH 243 Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab
BI 207 Dynamics Of Biological Processes
BI 305 Biostatistics
ND SS 214 Statistics for Social Sciences
BI 310 Physiology
BI 367 Comparative Anatomy
BI 368 Comparative Anatomy Laboratory
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology
PY 203 Abnormal Psychology
PY 350 Developmental Psychology
PL 106 Introduction to Ethics
PC 200 General Physics I
PC 202 Introductory Physics I
PC 202L Introductory Physics Lab I
PC 201 General Physics II
PC 203 Introductory Physics II
PC 203L Introductory Physics Lab II
MA 130 Calculus I
MA 103 Quantitative Methods
MA 100 Precalculus Math
MA 110 Linear Algebra
EN ___ English Course (in addition to CWS)

Important Notes

  • Recommend Communication courses, Ethics of Health Care, Minorities, Mental and Physical Handicaps, accounting and business courses, and foreign language (especially Spanish).
  • These courses reflect requirements for our affiliations with Drexel University, Jefferson School of Health Professions, and Widener University only. Although this course list will be sufficient for most other programs, make sure to check requirements of schools in which you are interested no later than your sophomore year.
  • This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. Design a POE in consultation with your advisor. Note: If you are in a 3+ _ program, course work during the first year of professional school can count toward upper level POE requirement.
  • Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee, preferably Professor Susan Radis.
  • In addition to your course work it is mandatory to gain experience in physical therapy either during the school year or over the summer.


Drexel University- 4 + 3 B.S./D.P.T. Program
Widener University- 4+ 3 B.S./D.P.T. Program
Jefferson School of Health Professions- 3 + 3 B.S./D.P.T. Program*

* Students completing the 3 + 3 program receive degrees from Juniata and Jefferson

Courses Drexel Jefferson Widener
Biology I and II, (both with lab 8 8 3
Anatomy 4 (or Anatomy & Physiology I & II) 4 3
Physiology 4 (or Anatomy & Physiology I & II) 4 3
Chemistry I and II, both with lab 8 8 8
Physics I and II, both with lab 8 8 6
Social Sciences 3, Introduction to Psychology 9, including 6 credits of psychology (Introduction to Psychology and Abnormal Psychology or Developmental Psychology) and 3 credits of Sociology or a cultural course. 9, including 6 credits of psychology (Introduction to Psychology and Abnormal Psychology or Developmental Psychology) and 3 credits of Sociology or Anthropology.
Humanities --- 9 including 6 credits of English composition/writing and 3 credits of Ethics English Composition - 3 credits
General Humanities - 6
Statistics 3 3 3
Math (College algebra/trigonometry/precalculus or calculus) --- 3 ---

Competitive Credentials

Science and overall GPA of 3.2-3.4 ; GRE in the 50th percentile or better in each section.

For Drexel

Minimum overall GPA of 3.0, science GPA of 3.0: Minimum GRE combined score of 300 for the quantitative and verbal sections and a 4.0 minimum for the analytical writing section: Volunteer, (minimum of 50 hours), paid or shadowing experiences and 2 letters of recommendation are required (must include one from a physical therapist and one from a science-based professor or advisor). Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to be evaluated for available scholarship money. Drexel also has the following admission requirements found by clicking on the website

For Jefferson

High school seniors who are committed to earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) have the opportunity to do so in six years by completing the first three years at Juniata College and the final three years at Jefferson. You can earn a B.S. from Juniata and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Jefferson.

Students must apply to this program directly from high school as first-year applicants on the Juniata College application. To be academically qualified, students must have:

  • Minimum 3.3 high school GPA
  • Minimum total 1270 SAT (Evidence-based Reading and Writing + Math sections)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Students who are academically qualified will be emailed a Jefferson supplemental application in early January to complete for consideration of an admissions interview. The Jefferson supplemental application includes:

  • Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Preferred minimum of 15 hours of shadowing or volunteering with a physical therapist prior to the admissions interview (more hours and varied experiences are recommended)
  • Resume with any PT shadowing hours listed
  • Essay: As a high school student, what influenced your decision to pursue accelerated entry into graduate school and specifically, why are you interested in Thomas Jefferson University's DPT
    3 + 3 program?

Select candidates will be invited for an admissions interview to Jefferson in February or March. Students who have a successful interview will be offered direct admission into the 3 + 3 DPT program.

Candidates who are interviewed will receive their final admissions decision no later than April 1st.

Accepted students have until May 1st to accept their offer of admission by submitting a $500 enrollment deposit to Jefferson.

For Widener

Science prerequisite course GPA of 3.3 and minimum overall prerequisite course GPA of 3.3; GRE scores of at least the 50th percentile for each of the verbal and quantitative sections. minimum of 40 volunteer hours in at least one setting. Retake prerequisites in which a C- or less was earned; For 4 + 3 applicants; a grade of B or better is required in all prerequisites; All applicants: 3 letters required (2 PT, 1 from Committee), volunteer experience of at least 40 hours required-recommended in 2 different practice areas (inpatient/hospital and outpatient/clinic preferred). No more than 3 prerequisites may be in progress at the time of application. Applicants may be granted advanced placement or have certain courses waived, with the specifics determined by Widener. All students must apply through PTCAS. Study abroad courses will NOT fulfill Widener prerequisites. Please refer to our website for more information at

Helpful Websites

PT School Program Requirements -
American Physical Therapy Association -
Drexel University -
Jefferson School of Health Professions -
Widener University -

General Information:

Suggested Core Progression for Pre-Physical Therapy*

*If you are planning to study abroad or if you are in accelerated program consult with your Health Professions advisor to plan your course progression

Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken.

Freshman Year BI 105 Biological Diversity and Ecology
BI 122 Biology Lab II
  BI 121 Biology Lab I CH 144 Integrated Chemistry Principles II
  CH 142 Integrated Chemistry Principles I CH 145 Integrated Chemistry Princ II Lab
  CH 143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I Lab PY 101 Intro. to Psychology
Sophomore Year BI 106 Structure and Function of Organisms
BI 207 Dynamics Biological Processes
  CH 242 Integrated Chemistry: Organic Statistics*
  CH 243 Integrated Chemistry: Organic Lab  
Junior Year BI 310 Physiology BI 367 Comparative Anatomy
  PC 201 General Physics I BI 368 Comparative Anatomy Lab
  PC 206 Physics Lab I PC 202 General Physics II
     PC 207 Physics Lab I

*Stats for Social Sciences, Biostatistics, Introduction to Probability and Statistics, Business Statistics or Envirometrics.

If you do an accelerated program plan to finish most or all of the prerequisite courses the year before your final year at Juniata. If you have one or two courses to complete your final year at Juniata, you could be conditionally accepted to professional school based on your academic record up to that point and on successful completion of the remaining prerequisite courses.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing. Also if you have a Biology POE and will not have BI 207 by the time you go abroad, check with the Biology Department to see if there is a Cell and Molecular course you can take abroad that will enable you to take upper level biology offerings at Juniata your senior year that require BI 207 (ex. Physiology, Immunology, and Microbiology)

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here. For example, if you have a Biology POE, you will need to take Freshman seminar the spring of your freshman year, Frontiers of Biology the fall of your sophomore year, and Biology 207 at your earliest opportunity after completing Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry.