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Prerequisite Courses

Completion of the following prerequisite courses at Ohio State, or the acceptable equivalents at another college/university, are required for admission to Ohio State's Physical Therapy program. (Prospective applicants should match course descriptions below with those of courses offered at their respective institution.)

One full year of general chemistry

1. General Chemistry: Dimensional analysis, atomic structure, the mole, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, electron configuration, periodicity, bonding, and molecular structure.

2. General Chemistry: Acids and bases, redox reactions, gases, liquids, solids, solutions, colligative properties, thermochemistry, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium.

One full year of general physics

1. General Physics:  Mechanics and Heat

2. General Physics: Electricity, Magnetism, and Light

One full year of general biology

Biological Sciences: Energy Transfer and Development Exploration of biology and biological principles; topics include cell structure and function, reproduction and development of plants and animals, bioenergetics, genetics, and evolution.

One course in general psychology

General Psychology: The application of the scientific method to behavior; topics include learning, motivation, perception, personality, physiological basis of behavior.

One course in human growth and development

Examples of possible courses:

1. Introduction to Life Span Developmental Psychology:  A survey of developmental psychology including some phylogenetic perspective.

2. Critical Phases in Life:  An examination of human development from conception to death and factors critical to continuing health.

3. Life Span Human Development:  Survey of human development across the life span directed toward an applied understanding of the individual and forces that shape development.

One course in human physiology

Introduction to Physiology:  A survey of human nerves and nervous system, sense   organs, muscle function, circulation, respiration, digestion, metabolism, kidney function, and reproduction.

One course in physiology of exercise

Applied Physiology of Exercise:  In-depth examination of the effects of acute and chronic exercise on the human body. 

​One course in human or vertebrate anatomy

Introductory Anatomy:

Fundamental principles of human anatomy, supplemented by demonstrations of human material.
One course in statistical analysis OR research design

Five options:

1. Elementary Statistics:  Introduction to probability and statistics, experiments,​ data analysis and interpretation.

2. Introduction to the practice of statistics:  Topics include probability, descriptive statistics, correlation, regression, design of experiments, estimation, and testing; emphasis on applications, statistical reasoning, and data analysis using statistical software.

3. Research in Psychology: An overview of issues, methods, and techniques of scientific psychological research.

4. Introduction to Inquiry, Principles, Strategies, and Techniques:  Introduction to inquiry strategies and their role in educational development; emphasis is on the conceptualization of educational problems.

5. Research Design in Biomedical Sciences: Concepts related to initiating and conducting research; experimental design; use of computer graphics and statistics; and analysis of research reports.