Prerequisite Courses Required 

Listed are the eleven prerequisite courses required for the DPT program application.  All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better in order to fulfill the requirements.  Please note that there is a 10-year recency requirement for four courses: Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiolgy and Exercise Physiology must have been completed after 2004.  You may find it helpful to download the Prerequisite Worksheet, which is a one-page summary of this information.  On that form you may fill in the courses you have had and your grades.  For a list of the course content of the equivalent courses at CSUS, please see DPT Prerequisite Course Descriptions.

Prerequisite Courses Required for Fall 2015 enrollment consideration 

CSUS 
course
Semester Units

Human Anatomy with Lab
Level: General or College or higher

Lab: Required
   4
Introductory Human Anatomy or BIO 22 or 4
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 25 and 4
Human Anatomy and Physiology II or BIO 26 or 4
Advanced Human Anatomy BIO 122 4
     

Human Physiology with Lab
Level: General or College or higher

Lab: Required
  4
Systemic Physiology or BIO 131 or 4
Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 25 and   4
Human Anatomy and Physiology II BIO 26 4
     

Psychology
Level: Introductory or higher

Lab: Not Required
  3
Introductory Psychology: Basic Processes or PSYC 1, 2 or   3
Introductory Psychology: Individual and Social Processes PSYC 5 3
NOTE: Effective Fall 2010, PSYC 2 will replace PSYC 1 and PSYC 5. PSYC 2 will be offered at CSUS beginning Spring 2010.     

One (1) Additional Psychology
Level: General or College or higher

Lab: Not Required
a course similar to:
Child Psychology or PSYC 148 or   3
Psych Aspects of Aging or PSYC 150 or   3
Psych Aspects of Death & Dying or PSYC 151 or   3
Abnormal Psychology PSYC 168 3
     

Statistics
Level: Introductory or higher

Lab: Not Required
  3
Introduction to Statistics or STAT 1 or   3
Statistics and Research for Social Workers STAT 50 4

Chemistry I with Lab
Level: General or College or higher

Lab: Required
  5
General Chemistry I or CHEM 1A or   5
Introduction to General Chemistry CHEM 6A 5
     

Chemistry II with Lab
Level: General or College or higher

Lab: Required
  5
General Chemistry II or CHEM 1B or   5
Introduction to Organic and Biological Chemistry CHEM 6B 5
     

Physics I with Lab
Level: General or College or higher

Lab: Required
  4
General Physics: Mechanics, Heat, Sound   PHYS 5A 4
     

Physics II with Lab
Level: General or College or higher

Lab: Required
  4
General Physics: Light, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics   PHYS 5B 4
     

Kinesiology (preferably with Lab)
Level: Upper Division (4-yr. College)

Lab: Recommended but not required
  3
Kinesiology or KINS 151 or   3
Biomechanics KINS 151A 3
     

Exercise Physiology (preferably with Lab)
Level: Upper Division (4-yr. College)

Lab: Recommended but not required
  3
Physiology of Exercise   KINS 152 3
     

*** Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology must have been completed after 2004

View and download a worksheet of the 2014 DPT prerequisites here.


 Applicants with Foreign Documents: 
Domestic applicants for Fall 2015 admission who are applying with transcripts from outside the U.S. must complete 8 units of the prerequisite course work listed in the DPT Supplemental Application by the end of Fall semester, 2014,  and have references from U.S. licensed physical therapists. Domestic applicants with foreign transcripts must submit their transcripts to Office of Graduate Studies to allow verification time.

 


GPA Calculator 

Courses taken for a "pass/fail" grade will be accepted if "pass" is marked, but the calculation of GPA will consider "pass" as a "C" grade (2.00) in determining your prerequistie GPA.  

Prerequisite Course REPEAT POLICY: 

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

  • If two (2) courses were taken, only the higher course grade will be used.
  • If three (3) courses were taken, the grades from each will be averaged.
  • If four (4) courses were taken 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.


Advanced Academic Courses
If you have completed any of the following courses by the end of fall semester, 2014, extra admissions points will be given if course grade earned is a "C" or better.

Recommended (but not required)
prerequisite courses  
CSUS 
course  
Semester Units
     

Advanced Human Anatomy with Lab
Level: Upper Division (4-yr. College)

Lab: Required
BIO 122 4.0
     

Neuroanatomy with Lab
Level: General or College

Lab: Required
BIO 123 3.0
     

Neurophysiology
Level: General or College

Lab: Not Required
BIO 132 3.0