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The pre-physical therapy minor provides foundational courses for students that are preparing to be competitive applicants for Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T) programs after completing their bachelor’s degree at VCU. The pre-physical therapy minor can be completed as a part of any undergraduate degree. Completing this minor does not guarantee admission into any physical therapy program. This minor is structured to academically prepare students to apply for physical therapy programs broadly. In addition to this minor, students should participate in clinical and non-clinical experiences to develop a competitive application for physical therapy programs. Visit the VCU Career Services - Pre-Professional Health Career Advising website for more information and to schedule an appointment with a pre-professional health and STEM career counselor.

Physical therapy programs across the U.S. have different prerequisites for admission. The list below shows courses that may be required by various programs including the VCU physical therapy program. It is always recommended that you visit each program’s webpage and/or attend an information session to obtain requirements for specific programs. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to integrate these courses into their academic plan. In addition, students are encouraged to discuss career plans with their pre-professional health academic minor adviser and career counselor for additional guidance.

For the pre-physical therapy minor, a minimum of nine credits in upper-level (300-level or higher) courses must be taken at VCU. All upper-level courses at a 300-level or higher listed in this minor are strongly recommended to be completed at VCU. It is encouraged to demonstrate future academic success in physical therapy programs through a rigorous course schedule. Physical therapy programs may prefer students complete these courses at a four-year institution in order to demonstrate future academic success in physical therapy program course work. 

Declaring the pre-physical therapy minor

To declare the pre-physical therapy minor:

  • Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours to be eligible to declare the minor

  • Students must obtain a minimum cumulative VCU GPA of 3.0

  • Students must complete BIOL 151 and BIOZ 151 with minimum grades of C

Maintaining the pre-physical therapy minor (progression policy)

  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 VCU cumulative GPA.

    • If a student's VCU cumulative GPA drops below 3.0, they will be placed on probation in the minor and allowed one semester to raise their cumulative GPA to 3.0 — provided it is mathematically possible to do so. If it is not mathematically possible to do so, or if the student fails to raise their minimum cumulative GPA to 3.0 during their probationary semester, they will be removed from the pre-physical therapy minor and can re-declare the minor once eligible. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their minor adviser to discuss their academic plans/progress.

  • Students cannot exceed more than three attempts of any course within the minor including withdrawals and historical repeat attempts. If a student exceeds three attempts for any course within the minor, they will not be eligible to maintain and graduate with the minor.

Required courses

Course Title Hours
BIOL 151
BIOZ 151
Introduction to Biological Sciences I
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I
BIOL 152
BIOZ 152
Introduction to Biological Sciences II
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory II
BIOL 205Basic Human Anatomy (includes lab)4
BIOL 300Cellular and Molecular Biology3
CHEM 101
CHEZ 101
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 102
CHEZ 102
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
MATH 151Precalculus Mathematics4
or MATH 200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
PHIS 206
PHIZ 206
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
PHYS 201General Physics I 14-5
or PHYS 207 University Physics I
PHYS 202General Physics II 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
Select one course from the following 300-level or higher elective options:
BIOL 310Genetics 33
or BIOL 448 Neuroscience
or BIOL 449 Stem Cells in Disease and Therapy
or HPEX 332 Motor Learning and Performance
or HPEX 353 Disease Trends, Prevention and Control
or HPEX 375 Physiology of Exercise
or HPEX 440 Chronic Disease and Exercise Management
Total Hours52-54

MATH 200 is a prerequisite for PHYS 207.


MATH 201 is a prerequisite for PHYS 208.


BIOL 300 is a prerequisite for BIOL 310. BIOL 448 prerequisites: BIOL 300 with a minimum grade of C, and pre- or corequisite: BIOL 310BIOL 449 prerequisites: BIOL 152, BIOZ 152 and BIOL 300, each with a minimum grade of C, and BIOL 310. HPEX 353 pre- or corequisite: HPEX 250HPEX 375 prerequisite: PHIS 206 and corequisite:HPEZ 375HPEX 440 prerequisites: HPEX 375 and HPEZ 375.

Additional recommended courses and information

Physical therapy programs across the U.S. have different prerequisites for admission. Students should discuss career plans with a pre-professional health career counselor for additional guidance. If the 300-level science course requirements have been completed, students are encouraged to continue taking upper-level science courses to demonstrate academic rigor and success. The list below shows courses required by various physical therapy programs beyond the courses listed above for the pre-physical therapy minor. Completing courses from the list below will not contribute to the pre-physical therapy minor requirements. 

Course Title Hours
BIOL 310Genetics 13
BIOL 448Neuroscience 23
BIOL 449Stem Cells in Disease and Therapy 33
HPEX 332Motor Learning and Performance3
HPEX 353Disease Trends, Prevention and Control 43
HPEX 375
HPEZ 375
Physiology of Exercise
and Physiology of Exercise Laboratory 5
HPEX 440Chronic Disease and Exercise Management 63
UNIV 191Student Success Special Topics1-3

Prerequisite: PHIS 206; corequisite: HPEZ 375


Prerequisite: BIOL 300 with a minimum grade of C; pre- or corequisite: BIOL 310


Prerequisites: BIOL 152, BIOZ 152 and BIOL 300, each with a minimum grade of C; and BIOL 310


Pre- or corequisite: HPEX 250


Prerequisite: PHIS 206; corequisite: HPEZ 375


Prerequisites: HPEX 375 and HPEZ 375