Physical Therapy


Physical Therapists work with people who have a temporary or permanent disability or pain due to injury, disease, old age, accident, or birth defect.
As a member of the health care team, the physical therapist works to:

  • Develop and deliver appropriate treatment programs for the relief of pain
  • Prevention of deformity
  • Improvement of strength
  • Development of coordination and increase in functional ability

Treatment may involve exercise, in conjunction with the application of heat, cold, water, electricity, ultrasound, traction and/or massage. Their work is often closely coordinated with that of the occupational therapist, because both fields involve training patients to improve their motor abilities.

CSU Recommended Coursework

These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.
Requirement Recommended CSU Course(s)
General Biology (2 semesters w/ labs) LIFE 102 and one other lab-based biology course
General Chemistry (2 semesters w/ labs) CHEM 111/112 and CHEM 113/114
General Physics (2 semesters w/ labs) PH 121 and PH 122 or PH 141 and PH 142
Human Anatomy (1 semester w/ lab) BMS 301
Physiology (1 semester w/ lab) BMS 300/302 or BMS 360/302
(UC-Denver requires BMS 360 be taken one year prior to applying)
Psychology (2 or 3 semesters) PSY 100 and PSY 260 or PSY 320
Mathematics College Algebra
English Composition (2 semesters) CO 150 and CO 300/301 or JTC 300/01
Statistics (1 semester) EHRS 307, STAT 301, or STAT 307
Highly recommended BMS 325, CO 300/301, HES 207,
HES 307, HES 403, SPCM 200

Programs and Preparation

Accredited Programs (includes required prerequisites for each program):


Colorado Programs:

·         University of Colorado at Denver:

·         Regis University:

Admissions Tests

Graduate Record Exam (GRE):

Application Services

Physical Therapy Application Service:


American Physical Therapy Association: