Western Carolina University Department of Physical Therapy
Department of Physical Therapy 3971 Little Savannah Rd Room 232 Cullowhee NC Room 232 United States
Phone+1 828.227.2290
Phone 2 +1 828.227.7070
Public
CAPTE Accredited
Bachelors Degree Required
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Course Prerequisites
General Information
Prerequisite coursework must have been completed within the last 7 years prior to the projected enrollment.  Requests for exception to this time limit must be made in writing to the department director, including justification. Exceptions to this policy will be considered for biology, chemistry, psychology, physics, and statistics only (anatomy and physiology excluded).
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Anatomy
Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted
The anatomy and physiology requirement may be met by a one-semester course in human anatomy and one-semester course in human physiology. A two-semester sequence of combined human anatomy and physiology courses is also acceptable. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg. A&P)
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
Biology I
Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted
Biology I- Introduction to biology for majors. Basic cell structure and function, bioenergetics, and evolutionary trends among organisms; introduction to genetics and molecular biology. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Biology II
Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED. Biology II- Introduction to biology for majors. Basic cell structure and function, bioenergetics, and evolutionary trends among organisms; introduction to genetics and molecular biology. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
  • Biology: Zoology
Chemistry I
Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted
Acceptable courses include general chemistry, biochemistry, and organic or inorganic chemistry. Survey courses are not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted
Acceptable courses include general chemistry, biochemistry, and organic or inorganic chemistry. Survey courses are not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Exercise Physiology
Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted
Course should cover physiological changes that occur in the body during exercise, after exercise, and during a training period, planning a personalized exercise routine should be discussed. Online courses accepted. For students enrolled at WCU, students can take HPE 225: Applied Kinesiology II to meet this requirement. Please note this course has a pre-requisite of HPE 223: Applied Kinesiology I Anatomy, Physiology, & Biomechanics or a co-requisite of BIOL 291. Additionally, (athletic training only) students may take ATTR 377: Physical Adaptations to Exercise course. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Exercise Physiology
Physics I
Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted
Courses must include mechanics, electricity, heat, sound, and light.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted
Courses must include mechanics, electricity, heat, sound, and light.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED. The anatomy and physiology requirement may be met by a one-semester course in human anatomy and one-semester course in human physiology. A two-semester sequence of combined human anatomy and physiology courses is also acceptable. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg. A&P)
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
Psychology
Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted
ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED. A general, developmental or introductory (NOT abnormal) course in psychology. Coursework older than 7 years not accepted.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
Statistics
Coursework older than 7 years will not be accepted
At least one lecture should include descriptive statistics and tests of hypotheses. Qualitative research methodology is recommended but not required. Satisfactory courses in statistics include those taught by departments of psychology, math, education, computer science, and sociology. Statistics courses in departments such as business and health professions services are also acceptable, if they include the content described above.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics