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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 courses at James Madison University (listed below). You must achieve and maintain a Pre-PT Prerequisite GPA of ≥ 2.70 (in the courses listed below) to maintain your Pre-Physical Therapy declaration. Since physical therapy (DPT) programs consider all course attempts during the admissions process, the GPA 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 2.70 Pre-PT Prerequisite GPA, you are at very high risk for not being admitted to a physical therapy program. Therefore, if you are unable to attain or maintain the GPA standard, you will be administratively dropped from the pre-PT minor.

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). 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 + 140L

Foundations of Biology I and Lab

3 + 1

BIO 150 + 150L 

Foundations of Biology II and Lab

3 + 1

BIO 290 + 290L

Human Anatomy and Lab

3 + 1

BIO 270 + 270L

Human Physiology and Lab

3 + 1

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 + 140L

College Physics I + Lab

3 + 1

PHYS 150 + 150L

College 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. 

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.


MATH 220

Elementary Statistics, or


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


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 + 302L

Exercise Physiology and Lab

3 + 1

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 + 306L

Human Biomechanics and Lab

3 + 1

BIO 490

Mechanics of Animal Movement


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