Important general information

Students interested in the pre-physical therapy advising track must obtain a bachelor’s degree and complete the necessary prerequisites for the physical therapy doctoral program. Students interested in physical therapy should consult with a pre-health academic adviser to learn about requirements that are specific to the program and/or school to which they hope to apply.

Admission to and completion of the pre-physical therapy advising track does not constitute admission to VCU’s physical therapy doctoral program in the School of Allied Health Professions. Students must apply separately to the physical therapy program/school of their choice at the appropriate time.

Students with an interest in preparing for the physical therapy doctoral program should declare an academic major while also indicating a pre-physical therapy advising track. Students do not earn a pre-physical therapy degree. Students unsure of their academic majors initially should clarify their academic interests through regular conversations with their advisers. Students in the pre-physical therapy advising track are encouraged to major in fields of greatest interest to them.

Prerequisites for the physical therapy doctoral program

Students intending to complete the physical therapy doctoral program must complete a bachelor's degree before entering. It is recommended that applicants select a challenging course load of science and math courses each semester to ensure adequate preparation for the academic rigor of the physical therapy program.

Students need to complete their bachelor's degrees, the required science prerequisite courses and the Graduate Record Exam before being eligible to start the physical therapy program in the School of Allied Health Professions at VCU.

Science and non-science courses required for the pre-physical therapy doctoral program

Students must complete 12 semester hours in the biological sciences, including anatomy and physiology, as well as eight hours of chemistry and eight hours of physics.

English composition, precalculus mathematics, statistics, introduction to psychology and one upper-level psychology (abnormal or developmental are preferred) are non-science prerequisites for the physical therapy program.

Although not required, students are strongly urged to complete a cell biology course and a vertebrate histology course.

Additional information for the VCU physical therapy doctoral program

The following prerequisite courses must be completed prior to admission for students entering in the Fall semester. If VCU has awarded you college credits for your Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams and it is listed on your transcript, these credits will be accepted.

Prerequisites for the physical therapy doctorate program

VCU courses
BIOL   151
BIOZ   151
Introduction to Biological Sciences I
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I
4
BIOL   205Basic Human Anatomy (includes lab)4
CHEM   101
CHEZ   101
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM   102
CHEZ   102
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH   151Precalculus Mathematics4
PHIS   206
PHIZ   206
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
4
PHYS   201General Physics 14-5
or PHYS   207 University Physics I
PHYS   202General Physics 24-5
or PHYS   208 University Physics II
PSYC   101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to PsychologyIntroduction to Psychology4
PSYC   304Life Span Developmental Psychology3
or PSYC   407 Psychology of the Abnormal
STAT   210Basic Practice of Statistics3
Total Hours42-44
1

MATH   200 is a prerequisite for PHYS   207.

2

MATH   201 is a prerequisite for PHYS   208.

Elective and major requirements to complete degree program 76-78 credits

Sample curriculum outline

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
BIOL   151
BIOZ   151
Introduction to Biological Sciences I
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I
4
CHEM   101
CHEZ   101
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
4
MATH   151 Precalculus Mathematics 4
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I Focused Inquiry I 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
CHEM   102
CHEZ   102
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
4
STAT   210 Basic Practice of Statistics 3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II Focused Inquiry II 3
Electives or major requirements 5
 Term Hours: 15
Sophomore year
Fall semester
BIOL   205 Basic Human Anatomy 4
PSYC   101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to Psychology Introduction to Psychology 4
Electives or major requirements 7
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
PHIS   206
PHIZ   206
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
4
PSYC   304
Life Span Developmental Psychology
or Psychology of the Abnormal
3
Electives or major requirements 8
 Term Hours: 15
Junior year
Fall semester
PHYS   201
General Physics
or University Physics I
4-5
Electives or major requirements 10-11
 Term Hours: 14-16
Spring semester
PHYS   202
General Physics
or University Physics II
4-5
Electives or major requirements 10-11
 Term Hours: 14-16
Senior year
Fall semester
Credits to complete degree program 30
 Term Hours: 30
 Total Hours: 118-122

Total minimum requirement 120 credits