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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences
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Prerequisite Courses

To fulfill a requirement, prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or higher. Applicants are encouraged to complete most of the prerequisites, especially core science courses, prior to submitting the DPT application. Enrolling students must complete all necessary coursework before DPT classes begin in September 2021.

Please note that prerequisites have been updated for the 2020-2021 admission cycle.

***Exceptions to the 2020-2021 admissions requirements due to COVID-19***

  • Prerequisite Courses– For the time period impacted by COVID-19 where alternative grading was utilized, we will accept course grades of Pass, Satisfactory, or a letter grade of C or higher for prerequisite courses.
  • Online Labs– If you were enrolled in an Anatomy lab course that ended up moving online, we will accept online Anatomy labs for the time period affected by COVID-19. We currently accept online labs for all other prerequisite courses. 

If there is anything we can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to reach out: dpt-admissions@northwestern.edu

Required

 Anatomy & Physiology (8 semester hours)

Two semesters/three quarters with lab: 8 semester hours/12 quarter hours total.

  • 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

 Behavioral Sciences (6 semester hours)

Six semester/nine quarter hours.

  • Must include one course in general/introductory Psychology
  • One additional course 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)

 Biological Sciences (8 semester hours)

Two semesters/three quarters with lab: 8 semester/12 quarter hours total. 

  • Any level of college Biology is acceptable, except Botany
  • Laboratory experience is recommended

 Chemistry (8 semester hours)

Two semesters/three quarters with lab: 8 semester/12 quarter hours total.

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

 Physics (8 semester hours)

Two semesters/three quarters with lab: 8 semester/12 quarter hours total.

  • Any level of college Physics is acceptable; course content should include topics such as mechanics, electricity, magnetism, heat, light and sound waves
  • Courses must include laboratory experience
  • Calculus-level Physics is recommended

 Statistics (3 semester hours)

Three semester hours/one course. May be taken in any department.

Recommended

 Behavioral sciences (3 semester hours)

  • ​Three semester hours/one course.
  • Additional course 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)​.

 Calculus (3 semester hours)

  • Three semester hours/one course. 
  • Introductory or higher level Calculus. 

 Composition/Writing (3 semester hours)

  • Three semester hours/one course.
  • ​English composition or course with significant writing requirements.
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