University of New Mexico Division of Physical Therapy
1 University of New Mexico MSC 09-5230 Albuquerque NM 87131 United States
Phone+1 505.272.5756
Phone 2 +1 505.272.5479
Public
CAPTE Accredited
Bachelors Degree Required
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Course Prerequisites
General Information
You should have all prerequisites completed by December 2021. You are permitted to have one final prerequisite to be taken during the 2022 spring semester. If you have more than 1 outstanding prerequisite class yet to take after the December 2021 academic update your application will be considered incomplete and will not move forward.  Please make sure you list all classes being taken in the Fall of 2021 and Spring of 2022 as "in progress" in PTCAS or we will be unable to see that you are taking or planning to take these classes and you application will appear incomplete.  

Anatomy/physiology prerequisites must be taken within the last 5 years.  There is no expiration date on the other prerequisite classes that meet the acceptable course, credit and lab criteria listed below.

Pass/Fail or CR/NC options are NOT acceptable for any of the prerequisite courses except if they were taken in the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters. We will accept pass, credit and satisfactory grades for prerequisite courses taken in Spring and Summer 2020 semesters for prerequisite requirements.

 If you are trying to use Advanced Placement credits for a prerequisite class, please contact us so we can verify that it meets the specific class requirements and is listed appropriately on your transcript.

Use the highest course grade possible for your prerequisite selection.  You may substitute a higher-level class for the prerequisite as long as you have taken the lower level required class.  As an example: you took Chemistry 1 + lab (4 cr.) your sophomore year and earned a B. Your junior year you took biochemistry + lab (4 cr.) a higher-level chemistry that had a prerequisite requirement of Chemistry 1 and you earned an A. You may use that higher-level chemistry class with the A, to match our prerequisites. Select the highest grade earned on all classes you have may have retaken.

If you attend an institution that follow a quarter curriculum (4 terms per year fall, winter, spring and summer each lasting 11-12 weeks) then you need to verify in PTCAS that you have met the credit requirements for our prerequisites.  For example:  We require 2 4-credit semester long Anatomy/Physiology classes with labs.  4 semester credits = 6 quarter credits so to meet our Anatomy/Physiology prerequisite requirements you must have taken 12 quarter credits of A/P.  You can do this by taking 3 sequential quarter A/P classes or combine 3 related anatomy/physiology quarter classes to equal 12 quarter credits.     Please review your selected prerequisites.  We will only accept/override the 0.33 credit deficiency (3 quarter credits = 2.67 semester credits) for 3-credit quarter psychology and statistics prerequisite classes.  All other prerequisite requirements must meet the semester credit requirements 
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
Yes
Link to program's prerequisite instructions
Anatomy & Physiology I
Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted
Lecture and lab is required to total 4 credits. Class must include structure and function of the body and organization and integration of systems. Anatomy/physiology prerequisites must be taken within the last 5 years. Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QS: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg. A&P)
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Vertebrate
Anatomy & Physiology II
Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted
Lecture and lab is required to total 4 credits. Class must include structure and function of the body and organization and integration of systems. Anatomy/physiology prerequisites must be taken within the last 5 years. Coursework older than 5 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QS: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg. A&P)
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Vertebrate
Chemistry I
Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QS: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Can substitute organic chemistry. Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QS: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Physics I
Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits. We accept both algebra and calculus based physics classes.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QS: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits. We accept both algebra and calculus based physics classes.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
QS: 6
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Psychology
You must have one upper level psychology class. Sports psychology and psychology of human sexuality are NOT accepted.
Course Level
Upper Division
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
Statistics
Must be a stand alone statistics class and not just a part of a research class.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics