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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 2020.

Prerequisites

 Biological Sciences

At least two semesters/three quarters of A&P with Anatomy lab plus additional courses in Biology: 12 semester hours/18 quarter hours total.

  • Must include two 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

 Behavioral Sciences

One course in introductory Psychology plus other acceptable courses: 12 semester hours/18 quarter hours total.

  • Must include one course in general/introductory Psychology
  • Three to four 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)

 Chemistry

Two semesters/three quarters with lab: Eight 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

Two semesters/three quarters with lab: Eight 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 but not required

 Calculus

Three semester hours/one course. Must be introductory or higher Calculus. Pre-Calculus is not accepted.

 Statistics

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

 Composition/Writing

Three semester hours/one course. May be satisfied with an English or other course that includes significant writing assignments.
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