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. If not all prerequisite courses have been completed, applicants may be admitted provisionally. However, 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.

Behavioral Sciences

  • Must include one course in general/introductory psychology (not abnormal psychology). 
  • Additional courses in psychology, sociology (e.g., developmental psychology, human growth and development, abnormal psychology, organizational behavior, family relationships, medical sociology) or anthropology (e.g., cultural diversity, social networks, intergenerational interactions).

12 semester hours

Biological Sciences

  • Must include one academic year of introductory courses in human, mammalian, or vertebrate anatomy and physiology. This may be combined anatomy/physiology courses (2 semesters) or separate anatomy and physiology courses (1 semester each).
  • Laboratory experience in anatomy is required.
  • Remaining credit hours can be satisfied by any biology course excluding botany courses.

12 semester hours


  • Pre-Calculus is not accepted for the Calculus requirement.

3 semester hours


  • Course content must include topics such as properties of solids, liquids, and gases, chemical bonding, etc.
  • Courses must include laboratory experience.

8 semester hours


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

3 semester hours


  • Course content must 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.

8 semester hours


  • This course may be taken in any department.

3 semester hours

AP Courses

Advanced Placement (AP) credits may be accepted in fulfillment of prerequisites provided the student's undergraduate transcript shows evidence that the student has received credit for the appropriate course.