Columbia University Programs in Physical Therapy
617 West 168th Street The Georgian Building, 3rd Floor New York NY 10032 United States
Phone+1 212.305.0470
Fax+1 212.305.4569
Private
CAPTE Accredited
Bachelors Degree Required
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Course Prerequisites
General Information
It is highly recommended that a minimum of 14 of the 17 prerequisites for admission including all course work in the biological sciences be completed by the December application deadline date.
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
Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted
One 3 or 4-credit anatomy course or 2 semesters (total 6 - 8 credits) of combined Anatomy & Physiology I and II. Laboratory is not required but preferred. Online anatomy course must be approved. The course must be taken within five years of application.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg. A&P)
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Vertebrate
Biology I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted
One 4-credit basic biology course with lab. Introductory courses must be taken through the Biology Department. Biology courses designated for nursing or allied health students are not acceptable. Students on the quarter system must take a 3 part series or 3 separate basic biology courses. Courses for science majors are preferred with laboratory. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
Biology II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted
One 4-credit basic biology course with lab. Introductory courses must be taken through the Biology Department. Biology courses designated for nursing or allied health students are not acceptable. Students on the quarter system must take a 3 part series or 3 separate basic biology courses. Courses for science majors are preferred with laboratory. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
Chemistry I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted
One 4-credit chemistry course for science majors with laboratory. Courses must be taken within 10 years of application.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted
One 4-credit chemistry course for science majors with laboratory. Courses must be taken within 10 years of application.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
One Additional Science Course
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted
One additional 3 to 4-credit science course is required. Additional science courses are strongly encouraged. Any biology, chemistry, physics, exercise physiology, motor learning, or motor control course beyond the prerequisites is acceptable. Courses must be taken within 10 years of application.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3-4
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: Any
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Vertebrate
  • Biology: Any
  • Chemistry: Any
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Motor Control
  • Motor Learning
  • Physics: Any
Physics I
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted
One 4-credit physics course. The course does not have to be calculus-based. Courses for science majors are preferred with laboratory. Courses must be taken within 10 years of application.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
Physics II
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted
One 4-credit Physics course. The course does not have to be calculus-based. Courses for science majors are preferred with laboratory. Courses must be taken within 10 years of application.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
Physiology
Coursework older than 5 years will not be accepted
One 3-credit physiology course or 2 semesters (total 6 - 8 credits) of combined Anatomy & Physiology I and II. Laboratory is not required but preferred. Courses must be taken within 5 years of application.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg. A&P)
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Vertebrate
Psychology
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted
One 3-credit psychology course. In total, two courses in psychology are required. Courses must be taken within 10 years of application.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Death & Dying
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Psychology
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted
One 3-credit psychology course. In total, two courses in psychology are required. Courses must be taken within 10 years of application
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Abnormal
  • Psychology: Adolescent
  • Psychology: Advanced
  • Psychology: Any
  • Psychology: Child
  • Psychology: Developmental
  • Psychology: General
  • Psychology: General I
  • Psychology: General II
  • Psychology: Growth & Development
  • Psychology: Human Behavior
  • Psychology: Life Span Development
  • Psychology: Psychopathology
  • Psychology: Rehabilitation
  • Psychology: Social
  • Psychology: Sports
Social/Behavioral Science
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted
One 3-credit social/behavioral science course. In total, five courses in Social/Behavioral Science are required. Courses must be taken within 10 years of application.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
Social/Behavioral Science
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted
One 3-credit social/behavioral science course. In total, five courses in Social/Behavioral Science are required. Courses must be taken within 10 years of application.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
Social/Behavioral Science
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted
One 3-credit social/behavioral science course. In total, five courses in Social/Behavioral Science are required. Courses must be taken within 10 years of application.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
Social/Behavioral Science
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted
One 3-credit social/behavioral science course. In total, five courses in Social/Behavioral Science are required. Courses must be taken within 10 years of application.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
Social/Behavioral Science
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted
One 3-credit social/behavioral science course. In total, five courses in social/Behavioral Science are required. Courses must be taken within 10 years of application.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Anthropology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Any
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Community Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Cultural Geography
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Ethnic Studies
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Human Sexuality
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Marriage/Family
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Personal Health
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Social Work
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Sociology
  • Social/Behavioral Science: Women’s Studies
Statistics
Coursework older than 10 years will not be accepted
One 3-credit statistic course taken within Biology, Mathematics, Statistics, or Psychology Departments. Business or Economics does not fulfill this requirement. Coursework older than 10 years not accepted.
Course Level
Introductory
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics