Prerequisites 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 Hours / WVU 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. Courses in Sports Psychology may not be used for this prerequisite.

  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

A course in Medical Terminology is recommended, but not required.