Pre-Physical Therapy

Bill Kauth

Pre-Physical Therapy Course Plan (first 3 years)

Pre-Physical Therapy: Non-Biology Major Course Plan (below)

Pre-Physical Therapy: Biology Major Course Plan 

This is an example course plan based on the 2017-2018 University Catalog; your actual schedule may deviate from this example. Your faculty advisor will work with you to select appropriate courses. 

As an IWU student, it is your responsibility to track your progress each semester towards completing graduation requirements using the MyIWU degree evaluation tool.

Pre-Physical Therapy: Non-Biology Major Course Plan

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

**Either Physics sequence (101-102 or 105-106) is acceptable; however, in addition, MATH 176 is required for PHYS 105, and MATH 177 is required for PHYS 106.



Study Abroad

Students interested in studying abroad should consult with their academic advisor to determine an appropriate semester.

Additional Information
  • Since there is no physical therapy major at IWU, students most commonly chose to major in biology or psychology, while also completing the prerequisite courses needed for admission consideration into physical therapy professional programs after graduating from IWU.
  • Students majoring in Psychology while also completing the prerequisite courses needed to apply for physical therapy professional programs after graduating from IWU should take Psychology 100 in their first semester.
  • Biology majors who are not pursing admission into a physical therapy program in the future must take Biology 101 and 102 (prerequisite for all Biology major courses) in their first year.
  • Biology AP exam credit does NOT substitute for Biology 101-102 or Biology 107-108, nor does it apply to the fulfillment of any major requirements.
  • The second year of chemistry (CHEM 311-312) is neither required for admission to typical graduate program in physical therapy nor for the biology or psychology major. However, if students majoring in either biology or psychology who would like to keep (and should keep) alternative career options open such as in medicine, neuropsychology, neurobiology or many other areas in biology, they are strongly advised to continue with CHEM 311-312 during their second year. (Note: CHEM 311-312 is a prerequisite for a number of upper-level biology courses.)