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Prerequisite Courses

College course work will only be accepted from accredited institutions in the United States and MUST include the following prerequisite courses. The applicant must have a minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course. Each course must be completed prior to mid-May of the year entering the program.

Subject/Credit HoursWVU Course
Biology with lab (8 hours)
BIOL 101/103, 102/104
Chemistry with lab (8 hours)
CHEM 115, 116
Physics with lab (8 hours)
PHYS 101, 102
Introductory Statistics (3 hours)
STAT 211 or ECON 225
General Psychology (3 hours)
PSYC 101
Developmental Psychology (3 hours)1
PSYC 241
Human Anatomy (3 hours)2
ATTR 219 (recommended) or NBAN 205
Human Physiology (3 hours)3
PSIO 441 (recommended) or PSIO 241 or BIOL 235

Important Notes:

  1. A course Developmental (lifespan) psychology is strongly recommended, although other psychology courses (abnormal, social) are accepted. Students should seek developmental Psychology courses that cover the entire human lifespan, from birth through older adulthood. Some colleges and universities offer this content in a sequence of two courses (one covering infant/child, another covering adolescence/adulthood). In these cases, the two-course sequence must be completed.

  2. The anatomy courses included in the DPT curriculum are extremely rigorous. Students should seek out the highest level anatomy course(s) available. The minimum prerequisite is a 3 credit hour course in Human Anatomy; ideally with a laboratory. We will accept a 2-semester, 8 credit sequence of combined Human Anatomy & Physiology. Courses in comparative, mammalian, or animal anatomy will not be accepted.

  3. For the physiology prerequisite, we will accept a 2-semester, 8 credit sequence of combined Human Anatomy & Physiology. Separate Human Physiology course with lab is preferred. Animal, Mammalian, or Comparative Physiology courses are not acceptable.

Recommended Courses:

Effective for the class entering in 2008, a prerequisite course in Medical Terminology is no longer required. However, such a course is strongly encouraged. Students will be tested on proficiency with basic medical terminology upon matriculation. For students who do not take a course in Medical Terminology, self-study using the following text (or a similar resource), is strongly encouraged.

Lafleur-Brooks M. Exploring Medical Language: A Student-Directed Approach. 6th ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc. 2005.