Graduates have been admitted to prestigious physical therapy graduate programs such
as the Mayo School of Health Related Sciences, Midwestern University, Northwestern
University, University of Illinois Chicago, University of Indianapolis and Washington
Illinois Wesleyan has an excellent reputation for giving students top-notch preparation
for graduate school and the foundation they will need to achieve successful careers
in the health care industry.
As at most universities, you cannot major in pre-physical therapy at Illinois Wesleyan.
You should major in the field you are most interested in, while working to complete
the courses required by the pre-physical therapy program.
Pre-Physical Therapy at Illinois Wesleyan — Our Advantages
We stress active involvement in every aspect of your education: You will join frequent
in-class discussions and receive personal instruction from well-qualified faculty.
You will have the opportunity to pursue independent research projects under the supervision
of Ph.D. professors and work with top-quality scientific equipment in the labs.
Your curriculum will expose you to a breadth of disciplines outside the sciences,
enabling you to grasp the different ethical and moral perspectives that a health care
Great access to hospitals and clinics to gain necessary physical therapy observation.
Bloomington-Normal supports two major medical facilities and more than a dozen out-patient
physical therapy clinic.
General prerequisite requirements for admission to most physical therapy programs
3 or 4 courses in biology
1 year of chemistry
1 year of physics
1 course in mathematics*
1 course in statistics
1 or 2 courses in psychology
2 courses in English
*Please check physical therapy program admission requirements to determine the type
of mathematics course needed.
*If students are definitely not heading for a graduate or professional school, the
second year of chemistry is not required for the major. Chemistry 311-312 is, however,
a prerequisite for a number of upper-level biology courses.
**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.
Students interested in studying abroad should consult with their academic advisor
to determine an appropriate semester.
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
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