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Pre-Physical Therapy

Science and Math Courses That Are Likely to be Required

Contact prospective institutions early for specific requirements.

  • Biology 1151, 1152
  • Chemistry 1551 (Math 1431 or equivalent needs to have been taken prior to enrollment in Chemistry 1551) and 1552 (inorganic). Chemistry 2551 and 2552 (organic) may be required.
  • Trigonometry and Calculus Math 1432 and 2231. Additional math may be required. Prerequisites to Math 2231 in sequence are Math 1431 and 1432.  Statistics (Math 1435) may be required.
  • Anatomy and Physiology 1571, 1572
  • Physics 1201, 1202

Comments About Admission to Physical Therapy School

Entrance to physical therapy program is very competitive and usually demands a bachelor’s degree prior to admission. Some schools offer a 3+3 curricular program where the student takes 3 years of specific pre-physical therapy coursework, followed by 3 years of a professional PT program. Applicants need current certification in first aid and CPR, knowledge about APTA (, and documented observation, volunteer, and/or paid internships. Make sure the physical therapy program is accredited.

Physical Therapy Schools in Illinois

  • Bradley University, 1501 W. Bradley Ave, Peoria, IL 61625
  • Governors State University, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Professions, University Park, IL 60466
  • Midwestern University, 555, 31st St., Downers Grove, IL 60615
  • Northern Illinois University, Office of Admissions, DeKalb, IL 60115
  • Northwestern University, Physical Therapy, Medical School, 345 E. Superior St., Room 1323, Chicago, IL 60611
  • Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Physical Therapy Program, School of Related Health Sciences, 3333 Green Bay Rd., N. Chicago, IL 60064
  • University of Illinois at Chicago, Dept. of Physical Therapy, College of Associated Health Professions, 1919 W. Taylor, Chicago, IL 60612 

Visit APTA ( for a current list of accredited physical therapy programs in the United States.

Contact Information

Dr. Tara Leszczewicz, DPT