Prerequisite Courses

Listed below are the prerequisite courses required for admissions to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.  Grades of "C" or better are required in all prerequisite courses, and all prerequisite courses must be completed at an accredited institution with a minimum 3.00 GPA.  The Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology courses cannot be any older than 10 years at the time of application. 



 

Sac State Course

Semester Units

Human Anatomy with Lab***

Level: General or College or higher
Lab: Required

Introductory Human Anatomy or
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and
Human Anatomy and Physiology II or
Advanced Human Anatomy

BIO 22 or
BIO 25 and
BIO 26 or
BIO 122

4
4
4
4

Human Physiology with Lab***

Level: General or College or higher
Lab: Required  

Systemic Physiology or
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and
Human Anatomy and Physiology II

BIO 131 or
BIO 25 and
BIO 26

4
4
4

Psychology

Level: Introductory or higher
Lab: Not Required  

Introductory Psychology: Basic Processes or
Introductory Psychology: Individual and Social Processes

PSYC 1, 2 or 
PSYC 5

3
3

One (1) Additional Psychology (a course similar to):

Level: General or College or higher
Lab: Not Required

Child Psychology or
Psych Aspects of Aging or
Psych Aspects of Death & Dying or
Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 148 or 
PSYC 150 or
PSYC 151 or
PSYC 168

3
3
3
3

Statistics

Level: Introductory or higher
Lab: Not Required

Introduction to Statistics or
Statistics and Research for Social Workers

STAT 1 or 
STAT 50

3
4

Chemistry I with Lab

Level: General or College or higher
Lab: Required  

General Chemistry I or
Introduction to General Chemistry

CHEM 1A or 
CHEM 6A

5
5

Chemistry II with Lab

Level: General or College or higher
Lab: Required

General Chemistry II or
Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry

CHEM 1B or 
CHEM 6B

5
5

Physics I with Lab

Level: General or College or higher
Lab: Required

 General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound  

PHYS 5A

4

Physics II with Lab

Level: General or College or higher
Lab: Required  

General Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics 

PHYS 5B

 

4

 

Biomechanics or Kinesiology***

Level: Upper Division (4-yr. College)
Lab: Recommended but not required  

Biomechanics or
Kinesiology or
Applied Kinesiology & Biomechanics

KINS 151A or 
KINS 151 or
KINS 151D

3
3
3

Exercise Physiology***

Level: Upper Division (4-yr. College)
Lab: Recommended but not required  

Physiology of Exercise  or
Exercise and Sport Physiology

KINS 152 or
KINS 150

3
3

*** Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology must have been completed within the last 10 years.

Advanced Academic Courses

Applicants can earn additional admission points for advanced coursework (Upper Division Only) completed prior to the deadline date.  A maximum of four courses may be submitted for consideration, however, only one course may be submitted from each of the following categories.  All Advanced coursework must have a grade of "B-" or higher.

  1. Advanced Human Anatomy
  2. Neuroanatomy
  3. Neurophysiology
  4. Advanced Biomechanics
  5. Advanced Exercise Physiology or Cardiac Rehabilitation
  6. General Microbiology
  7. Motor Learning
  8. Therapeutic Exercise

Approved Prerequisite Courses

Not sure if your course qualifies?  For additional information review the Prerequisite Course Descriptions and our current list of Approved Prerequisite Courses. 

Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit

Pass or Credit grades will be accepted for prerequisite courses.  However, the Pass or Credit grade will be converted to a “C” if letter grading options are not available.


Prerequisite Course REPEAT POLICY 

Grades from any and all courses taken to fulfill each prerequisite will be considered in calculating your GPA.

  • If a course was taken two (2) times, only the higher course grade will be used.
  • If a course was taken three (3) times, the grades from all three (3) will be averaged.
  • If a course was taken four (4) times to complete one required prerequisite, then the applicant will be disqualified.

A course is considered a “repeat” even if it is taken at a different university, or has a different course number from the same university.