Pre-Professional Health Programs

Pre-Physical Therapy Academic Coursework

Since Cleveland State University is fortunate enough to have our own Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program, the courses outlined below are specifically for our program. Please note that there are several Physician Assistant Programs in the state of Ohio, and an online directory of programs can be found on the PTCAS Directory of Programs or the American Physical Therapy Association Directory.

It is highly recommended that you make an appointment with your pre-professional advisor prior to enrolling in any prerequisites for PT school. A pre-professional advisor will review your plans, your progress and discuss future courses of action. 

Students are also encouraged to review the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Website at Cleveland State University website in full and to contact the department for an advising appointment. Students can also email ptadvising@csuohio.edu for specific questions.

Course Number

Course Title

BIO 200/201 

Intro Biology I/Lab 

CHM 251/256/252/257

College Chemistry I/II/Labs

PHY 221/222 or 231/232 or 241/242

Physics I/II/Labs

HSC 475/457 OR BIO 266/267/268/269

Anatomy: Human Gross Anatomy OR Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II/Labs

HSC 422 or BIO 422/423 or BIO 266/267/268/269

Physiology: Clinical Physiology OR Mammalian Physiology/Lab OR Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II/Labs

STA 347

Statistics

PSY

One psychology course

Social/Behavioral Sciences

Two courses in addition to one required psychology course; Can be psychology, sociology, anthropology, or an appropriate course in another department)

Additional Course Recommendations: Please see Pre-Professional Health Programs for additional recommendations. If students are required to take additional courses outside of those above, the most common are: BIO 202/203 (Principles of Biology II/Lab), PED 325 (Physiology of Exercise), and PSY 223 (Life Span Development).

The above list is not comprehensive. Each PT school may have slightly different requirements and it is the responsibility of the student to take prerequisite courses according to the schools he/she plans to apply to.