Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants are encouraged to complete most of the prerequisite courses, especially basic science courses, prior to application. Enrollment is contingent on satisfactory completion (a grade of C or better) of all requirements and receipt of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Please note, Northwestern does not participate in the prerequisite matching feature in the PTCAS application as we do not use the prerequisite GPA calculation and prefer to complete our own audit of your prerequisite coursework during the review process.

Biological Sciences

  • Must include 1 academic year of courses in human, mammalian, or vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology (A&P). Combined or separate A&P courses are acceptable.
  • Laboratory experience in Anatomy is required and may not be completed online.
  • Remaining credit hours can be satisfied by any Biology course, excluding Botany courses.

At least 2 semesters/3 quarters of A&P with Anatomy lab + additional courses in Biology:

12 semester hours/18 quarter hours total

Behavioral Sciences

  • Must include 1 course in general/introductory Psychology. 
  • 3-4 additional courses in Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology or other areas that focus on human behavior (e.g., Developmental Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Abnormal Psychology, Family Relationships, Medical Sociology, Cultural Diversity, Social Networks, etc.).

1 course in introductory Psychology + other acceptable courses:

12 semester hours/18 quarter hours total

Chemistry

  • Any level of college Chemistry is acceptable; course content should include topics such as properties of solids, liquids, and gases, chemical bonding, etc.
  • Courses must include laboratory experience.

2 semesters/3 quarters with lab:

8 semester/12 quarter hours total

Physics

  • Any level of college Physics is acceptable; course content should include topics such as mechanics, electricity, magnetism, heat, light and sound waves, etc.
  • Courses must include laboratory experience.
  • Calculus-level Physics is recommended but not required.

2 semesters/3 quarters with lab:

8 semester/12 quarter hours total

Calculus

  • Must be introductory or higher Calculus, Pre-Calculus is not accepted.

3 semester hours/1 course

Statistics

  • This course may be taken in any department.

3 semester hours/1 course

Composition/Writing

  • This requirement may be satisfied with an English or other course that includes significant writing assignments.

3 semester hours/1 course

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