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General Prerequisites

  • Bachelor's degree with a major of student's choice.
  • Successful completion of the listed prerequisite courses.
  • Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or above
  • Courses are taken on a graded basis; pass/fail courses are not acceptable.
  • Biological science, chemistry and physics courses must all include significant laboratory experiences.
  • It is recommended that prerequisite courses in Biology, Exercise Physiology, Anatomy and Physiology be taken within 10 years of applying to the program.
  • At least 50 hour of experience in physical therapy practice settings which includes at least 25 hours in acute care, in-hospital setting (NOTE: sub-acute and any other non-acute care settings do not satisfy this requirement). The Department encourages you to visit the APTA website for the definition of acute care and descriptions of that setting:
  • GRE test scores must be less than 5 years old at the time of application. Please contact the Graduate School if you have questions.
  • A personal interview at the invitation of the selection committee is required.
  • All prerequisite courses/labs must be completed at an accredited institution. All courses must have defined objectives, a course description, an objective grading system with a letter grade and meet the content expectations of the prerequisite. With the exception of Medical Terminology, the program does not accept on-line courses as fulfillment of prerequisite coursework.  Contact for prior approval for an online Medical Terminology course only.
  • Pacific will NOT accept AP courses to fulfill pre-requisites.

Prerequisite Courses (Approved 12/02/14)

  • General Biology with lab and another course in Biological sciences (not botany) with or without lab: 6 semester credits/9 quarter hours minimum.
  • Human Anatomy with Lab: 4 semester units/5 quarter hours minimum.
  • Human Physiology with Lab: 4 semester units/5 quarter hours minimum.
  • General Chemistry with lab: 8 semester units/12 quarter hours minimum.
  • General Physics with lab: 8 semester units/12 quarter hours minimum.
  • Abnormal Psychology: 3 semester units/4 quarter hours minimum.
  • Statistics: 3 semester units/4 quarter hours minimum.
  • Exercise Physiology: 3 semester units/4 quarter hours minimum.
  • Medical Terminology: 1-3 semester units/ 2-4 quarter hours minimum.

For additional information, please contact:

PT Admissions
Voice: 209.946.2886