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Physical Therapy Prerequisites

To enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at UTMB, a student must complete a baccalaureate degree including the following prerequisite courses.

You may contact our Admissions Coordinator, Carolyn Cooper by email at or by phone at (409) 772-3068, with any questions you have regarding prerequisites.

Mathematics and Natural Sciences - 34 hours
Course TCCN* Hours Notes
General Chemistry for Science Majors CHEM1411 & 1412 8 Must include lab. Higer level classes accepted
College or University Physics PHYS1401 & 1402 or above 8 Must include lab
Biology for Science Majors BIOL1406 & 1407 8 Must include lab. Higer level classes accepted
Physiology   4 May be a Vertebrate, Chordate, Comparative or Human Physiology course. Must include lab. Must be a course for science majors. Two semesters Anatomy and Physiology I & II can be used to meet this requirement
College Algebra, Trigonometry, or Calculus MATH1414 3 Any of these courses are acceptable
Statistics   3 Upper level psychology sociology or education based is preferred. Must include ANOVA
Behavioral Sciences - 6 hours
Course TCCN* Hours Notes
General Psychology PSYC2301 3  
Developmental Psychology PSYC2314 / 2312 3 Abnormal Psychology will not count

TCCN* Texas Common Course Number website can be used to review and compare course compatibility at

Suggestions and Comments:

  • The following courses are not required, but if taken as electives, would provide a strong base for DPT curriculum:
    • Sociology
    • Anatomy
    • Management
    • Technical Writing
    • Neuroscience
    • Exercise Physiology
    • Medical Terminology
  • Physical Education activities classes are neither counted as electives, nor used in the calculation of overall GPA.
  • Waiver request / Course Substitution Approval Process
    An applicant may obtain approval of a course that does not exactly meet prescribed requirements if a waiver is requested and accepted. It is the applicant's responsibility to petition the UTMB PT Admissions Committee for course approval. This is done by submitting the waiver request identifying the course the applicant wishes to have waived and the course to be considered as a replacement. The request must include a course syllabus (not a course description). We may also ask you to submit the name of the textbook used in the course and or a course schedule.