Prerequisite Courses

  1. Anatomy and Physiology – Minimum of two semesters or equivalent quarters of human anatomy and physiology.  A full sequence must be completed totaling the equivalent of at least 8 semester credits.  A comparative anatomy course and an animal physiology course may be substituted for human anatomy and physiology. It is preferred that a non-virtual cadaver lab accompany Anatomy and/or Physiology courses.
  2. Chemistry – Minimum of two semesters or equivalent quarters of chemistry with laboratory.  A full sequence must be completed totaling the equivalent of at least 8 semester credits.
  3. Physics – Minimum of two semesters or two to three quarters of physics with laboratory.  A full sequence must be completed, totaling the equivalent of at least 8 semester credits.  
  4. Statistics – Minimum of one semester or one quarter of statistics coursework.
  5. Social Sciences – Minimum of two semesters or three quarters of social/behavioral science classes, totaling the equivalent of at least 6 semester credits.  These classes can include courses offered by Psychology, Educational Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Anthropology, Ethics, Philosophy, Communications, and Women’s Studies departments.
  6. Seven of the nine prerequisite courses need to be complete by the end of fall semester in which you apply. The courses must include the first course in both the chemistry and physics class sequences.
  7. Computer literacy is assumed. You should be able to productively utilize email, word processing, statistical, spreadsheet, and web search programs.

Students should note that these courses might also require prerequisites.

Additional Information

It is strongly recommended that students complete a course in microbiology, neuroscience, biomechanics and exercise physiology. 

AP credits are accepted for prerequisites only if a letter grade appears on the official college transcript.  If a college grade is not assigned to the course, the sequence needs to be completed in college to complete the prerequisite. 

It is recommended that prerequisite coursework ten years of age or greater be retaken.

Upper-division undergraduate or graduate-level coursework in the same subject may be substituted for a prerequisite course or prerequisite course sequence.  This upper-level coursework must have at least the equivalent number of credits as the prerequisite lower-level coursework.

Deadline for the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) application is October 16.

Refer to the official UM course catalog for more information on the Physical Therapy Program and the recommended prerequisite courses for those students attending the University of Montana-Missoula.