Pre-Physical Therapy Program

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Pre-Physical Therapy

A Doctorate of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program is available at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center (OU HSC) within the College of Allied Health, Rehabilitation Sciences. Students are required to complete a four-year baccalaureate degree before applying to the D.P.T. program. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is also required.

The following courses should be included in their baccalaureate degree plan:

BIOL 1225 General Zoology

BIOL 3184 Human Anatomy

BIOL 3194 Human Physiology

BIOL 3502 Medical Terminology

CHEM 1115 General Chemistry I

CMSC 1103 Microcomputer Applications

ENGL 1113 English Composition I

ENGL 1213 English Composition II

HIST 1483 U.S. History to 1877


HIST 1493 U.S. History Since 1877

MATH 1513 College Algebra (and 1613 recommended)

PE&R 4603 Kinesiology/Motor Learning (recommended)

PHYS 1114 General Physics I

PHYS 1214 General Physics II

POLS 1113 Amer Fed Government

PSYC 1113 General Psychology

PSYC 3123 Human Life Span Development

PSYC 3163 Motivation (recommended)

PSYC 4213 Statistics


ECON 2163 Introduction to Statistics

SCOM 1113 Introduction to Speech

SOC 1113 General Sociology

Other related recommended courses: HED 3112, 3202, 3212 and PE&R 3693, 3703, 4603

Natural Science Elective (1 additional course in Biology, Chemistry or Physics)

Upper Level General Education (3 hrs)

Non-Western Culture (3 hrs) *

Western Culture (3 hrs) **

Humanities (Art) ***

Foreign Language – 2 years in high school or 2 semesters in college

The following are acceptable prerequisites for the D.P.T. program at OU HSC:

* Non-Western Culture options: SOC 3323, REL 2412, or HIST 3713

** Western Culture: many course options available in English, history, sociology or geography.

Please see advisor and OU prerequisite finder.

***Art Options: TCOM 2413 or HUM 2533, 2432, 2423, 2413 or 2403

A minimum of 40 hours of documented observation experience in physical therapy is required.

Also recommended: HED 3112, 3202, and 3212 and PE&R 3693, 3703, 4603

Major/Minor in Biology, Psychology and Health and Sports Science popular undergraduate degree choices.

Students interested in this professional program are urged to check with the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center’s website and advisors for the latest updates (prerequisite requirements change often). Similar D.P.T. programs are available at Wichita State University and the University of Kansas ( Kansas resident applicants are preferred).