Pre-Health Programs

Pre-Physical Therapy

Bill Kauth

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 University-St. Louis.


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

Michele Darnell
Michele Darnell
Pre-Health and Biology Career Advisor 
(309) 556-3578


General prerequisite requirements for admission to most physical therapy programs include:

*Please check physical therapy program admission requirements to determine the type of mathematics course needed.

Pre-Physical Therapy Course Plan (first 3 years)

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

Pre-Physical Therapy: Non-Biology Major Course Plan 

This is an example course plan based on the 2018-2019 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: Biology Major Course Plan

Year 1

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Year 2

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

*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.

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.

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