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The Pre-PT program provides guidance on courses, experiential activities, and competencies for students that are preparing to be competitive applicants to Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) programs after completing their Bachelor's degree at James Madison University. The Pre-PT program is a minor that students complete as part of their baccalaureate degree.

Declaration and Progression Standards

As a Pre-PT student, you will be subject to performance standard reviews twice a year once you have completed ≥ 10 credit hours in the designated Pre-PT science/math courses at James Madison University (listed below). You must achieve and maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of ≥ 3.00  and a Pre-PT Pre-Requisite G.P.A. of ≥ 2.70 (the courses listed below) to maintain your Pre-Physical Therapy declaration. Since physical therapy (D.P.T.) programs consider all course attempts during the admissions process, the G.P.A. calculations for the Pre-PT Program include all JMU course attempts (not courses completed at other institutions). If your academic performance standards fall below a 3.00 overall G.P.A. or a 2.70 Pre-PT Pre-Requisite G.P.A., you are at very high risk for not being admitted to a physical therapy school. Therefore if you are unable to attain or maintain these G.P.A. standards, then your Pre- Physical Therapy Program will be administratively dropped.

Pre-PT Coursework

PPH Advising has developed requirements for the Pre-Physical Therapy Program based on the prerequisite summary from the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). The review of pre-requisite courses to develop the requirements for the Pre-Physical Therapy Program below was completed in spring semester 2017. More than 80% of accredited physical therapy (PT) programs use the PTCAS system. Although many PT programs require the same courses, there are some outliers.  So you should look at individual physical therapy schools' list of prerequisites to assure completion of all prerequisite coursework. PT school admissions committees will use your academic success in these courses as a metric of your ability to achieve success in PT school.

If you have credit for any of the following courses by earning Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge International Exam (CIE), community college credit, or departmental test credit, please read the Non-JMU Coursework for Pre-Requisite Coursework.


Biology Coursework

BIO 140

Foundations of Biology I


BIO 150

Foundations of Biology II


BIO 290

Human Anatomy


BIO 270

Human Physiology


Chemistry Coursework

CHEM 131 & 131L*

General Chemistry I + Lab

3 + 1

CHEM 132 & 132L*

General Chemistry II + Lab

3 + 1

*CHEM 135L/136L: Special General Chemistry Lab for Chemistry majors only

Physics Coursework



PHYS 140

College Physics I + Lab

3 + 1

Or PHYS 240*

University Physics I + Lab

3 + 1

PHYS 150

College Physics II + Lab


Or PHYS 250*

University Physics II + Lab

3 +1

*PPHA recommends taking PHYS 140/150 sequence rather than the 240/250 sequence, unless your major requires otherwise. The 240/250 sequence requires calculus. PHYS 140/150 is able to cover more breadth within Physics than the 240/250 sequence

Math Coursework

Pre-PT students are required to complete 3 credits of a 200 or 300-level Statistics and are encouraged to complete a 200-level Calculus class. Consider these two options:

1.      Double-Counting with Other RequirementsRefer to major and minor requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog to determine if there are specific calculus or statistics courses required for your major or minor requirements. Most of these classes will fulfill General Education: Cluster 3: Quantitative Reasoning, but this may also be a consideration.

2.      Your Math Placement Exam (MPE) ScoresUtilize the MPE Matrix to determine the appropriate calculus and statistics courses to take. You can find your MPE for calculus and statistics within the Student Center of MyMadison. You can watch a video to learn how to find your MPE scores.


MATH 220

Elementary Statistics


MATH 229

Introduction to Applied Statistics Using R





MATH 205

Introductory Calculus


MATH 231

Calculus with Functions I



A Modeling Approach to Calculus, Part A


MATH 235

Calculus I


*Your MPE-Calculus score may require that you take MATH 155 or 156: College Algebra or MATH 199: Algebra/PreCalculus Gateway

Psychology Coursework (6 Credits)

Students are encouraged to utilize opportunities to take Psychology coursework that will also count for General Education's Cluster 5: Sociocultural Domain.

PSYC 101

General Psychology


PSYC 160

Life Span Human Development


PSYC 250

Intro to Abnormal Psyc


Or PSYC 335*

Abnormal Psyc


*Psychology majors only



English, Literature, and Writing Coursework (6 credits)

Typically, students complete this requirement while completing General Education's Cluster 1: Writing and General Education's Cluster 2: Literature requirements. Courses that can fulfill the 6-credit pre-requisite that many schools require can include:

WRTC 103

Critical Reading and Writing


Any ENG course



HUM 200

Great Works


Competitive Applicant Coursework

KIN 302

Exercise Physiology


HTH 210

Medical Terminology


Though it’s not required to complete the minor, students are encouraged to take a Biomechanics course

HTH 441/KIN407

Rehabilitative Biomechanics


KIN 306

Human Biomechanics


BIO 490

Mechanics of Animal Movement



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