Essential Courses

Course # Title
BI 101 General Biology I
BI 102 General Biology II
CH 142 and CH 143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I and Lab
CH 144 and CH 145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II and Lab
CH 232 and CH 233 Organic Chemistry and Lab (prereq for BI 310)
BI 305 or MA 205 Biostatistics or Elementary Statistics
BI 310 Physiology
BI 367 Comparative Anatomy
BI 368 Comparative Anatomy Laboratory
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology
PY 203 or PY 350 Abnormal Psychology or Developmental Psychology
PC 200 or PC 202 General Physics I or Introductory Physics I with Lab
PC 201 or PC 203 General Physics II or Introductory Physics II with Lab
EN ___ English Course (writing preferred)

Important Notes

  • Recommend Communication courses, Ethics of Health Care, Minorities, Mental and Physical Handicaps, accounting and business courses, and foreign language (especially Spanish).
  • This course list does NOT represent a POE, nor does it cover College requirements. 
  • Make sure to have an advisor on the Health Professions Committee.
  • In addition to your course work it is mandatory to gain experience in physical therapy either during the school year or over the summer.

Affiliation Agreements

Guaranteed Interview at Thomas Jefferson DPT Program

Competitive Credentials

Science and overall GPA of 3.2-3.4 ; GRE in the 50th percentile or better in each section.

Helpful Websites

PT School Program Requirements -
American Physical Therapy Association -

General Information: http://

Suggested Core Progression for Pre-Physical Therapy*

*If you are planning to study abroad or if you are in accelerated program consult with your Health Professions advisor to plan your course progression

Bolded courses are offered only in the indicated semester and/or require a specific sequence due to Juniata prerequisites. Non-bolded courses are either offered in both semesters or represent open-ended choices, making them more flexible in when they can be taken.

Freshman Year BI 101 General Biology
BI 102 General Biology II
  CH 142/143 Integrated Chemistry Principles I with Lab CH 144/145 Integrated Chemistry Principles II with Lab
    PY 101 Intro. to Psychology
Sophomore Year CH 232/233 Organic Chemistry I with Lab  
Junior Year BI 310 Physiology BI 367 Comparative Anatomy
  Physics I with Lab BI 368 Comparative Anatomy Lab
    Physics II with Lab

*Biostatistics, Introduction to Probability and Statistics, Elementary Statistics, or Envirometrics.

If you do an accelerated program plan to finish most or all of the prerequisite courses the year before your final year at Juniata. If you have one or two courses to complete your final year at Juniata, you could be conditionally accepted to professional school based on your academic record up to that point and on successful completion of the remaining prerequisite courses.

If you study abroad the SAFEST strategy is to take ALL prerequisite courses for professional school in the U.S., which may require you to take courses in the U.S. over the summer, preferably at a 4 year institution. However, if this is extremely difficult for your situation, check with the professional schools you wish to attend to see if they will accept courses taken abroad and if so, get their response in writing.

Be mindful of your POE courses, which are NOT indicated here.