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Pre-Physical Therapy Advising


Students who are interested in pursuing Pre-Physical Therapy should indicate their interest by completing the Declaration of Major form. Those students who have already declared an academic major should first plan to see their major advisor to discuss both major and general requirements. Following that meeting, students can meet with any advisor in the Office for Academic & Pre-Professional Advising to discuss their path to Physical Therapy school.

Common Pre-Requisites

We have provided a list of common pre-requisites necessary for admission to physical therapy schools. It is important to note that this list is not inclusive of all physical therapy schools. It is the responsibility of the student to communicate with schools you are interested in attending and determine what/if any additional requirements are needed.  A printable copy of these courses can be found below.

Requirement UMBC Course UMBC Title
BIOL 1** + Lab (4)
Introductory course in Biology that includes a lab- see Academic Advisor for recommendations
BIOL 251 (3)
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 251L (1)
Human Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
BIOL 252 (3)
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 252L (1)
Human Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
CHEM 101 (4)
Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 102 (4)
Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 102L (2)
Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 123 (4)
Introduction to General Organic and Biochemistry I
CHEM 124 (3)
Introduction to General Organic and Biochemistry II
CHEM 124L (2)
Introduction to General Organic and Biochemistry II Lab
PHYS 111 (4) Basic Physics I
PHYS 112 (4) Basic Physics II
Statistics STAT 121 (4)
Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
PSYC 100 (4)
Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 285/306
Abnormal Psychology or Lifespan of Human Development
Other Coursework Includes General and Major Requirements

Printable Physical Therapy Requirements

Additional Electives to Consider

The following courses are not required for entrance to pharmacy school, but are great options to consider for your Social Science and Arts & Humanities electives as well as to expand your overall knowledge of health care.