George Washington University Program in Physical Therapy
Doctor of Physical Therapy The George Washington University 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 2000 Washington DC 20006 United States
Phone+1 202.994.0384
Phone 2 +1 202.994.5419
Private
CAPTE Accredited
Bachelors Degree Required
Bachelor's degree required prior to matriculation into PT program?
Yes
Course Prerequisites
General Information
The listed prerequisite courses must be academic, college-level course work completed at a regionally accredited institution and earned with a C or better (C- grades and lower do not apply). Additionally, all science courses must be for science/health science majors.

*In keeping with our admissions requirements during past admissions cycles, prerequisite courses (including labs) taken online at any regionally accredited institution are acceptable. Therefore, online and distance learning courses and labs will be accepted in fulfillment of prerequisite coursework completed during any admissions cycle, including during the 2020-21 PTCAS admissions cycle.

* Please see any COVID-19 related admissions updates as pertains to prerequisite courses on the following website: https://smhs.gwu.edu/physical-therapy/degree-program/prospective-students/admissions-and-entrance-requirements/covid-19-related-admissions
Anatomy and/or Physiology (A&P) course prerequisites MUST be completed in biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department
No
Anatomy & Physiology I
Any of the following courses will be accepted: 1 distinct course in Anatomy along with 1 distinct course in Physiology, or as part of 2-part course sequence (combined Anatomy & Physiology I and II). Lab is recommended, but not required. Human focus preferred.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QS: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg. A&P)
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Vertebrate
Anatomy & Physiology II
Any of the following courses will be accepted: 1 distinct course in Anatomy along with 1 distinct course in Physiology, or as part of 2-part course sequence (combined Anatomy & Physiology I and II). Lab is recommended, but not required. Human focus preferred.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Required
Credits
SH: 3
QS: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Advanced
  • A&P: Animal
  • A&P: COMBINED Course (eg. A&P)
  • A&P: Comparative
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • A&P: Human
  • A&P: Mammalian
  • A&P: Neuroanatomy
  • A&P: Neurophysiology
  • A&P: Pathophysiology
  • A&P: Physiology
  • A&P: SEPARATE courses
  • A&P: Vertebrate
Biology I
Applicants whose institution is on a quarter system must take a 3-part course sequence or 3 distinct courses. Exercise Physiology course can be used to fulfill only 1 of the Biology prerequisites.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: General I
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Biology II
Applicants whose institution is on a quarter system must take a 3-part course sequence or 3 distinct courses. Exercise Physiology course can be used to fulfill only 1 of the Biology prerequisites.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Recommended
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • A&P: Exercise Physiology
  • Biology: Advanced
  • Biology: Cell
  • Biology: Embryology
  • Biology: General
  • Biology: General II
  • Biology: Genetics
  • Biology: Histology
  • Biology: Immunology
  • Biology: Microbiology
  • Biology: Molecular
Chemistry I
Applicants whose institution is on a quarter system must take a 3-part course sequence or 3 distinct courses (we will accept both courses where the lab and lecture is combined and courses where the lab is separate from the lecture). Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, or Biochemistry are acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry I
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
Chemistry II
Applicants whose institution is on a quarter system must take a 3-part course sequence or 3 distinct courses (we will accept both courses where the lab and lecture is combined and courses where the lab is separate from the lecture). Organic Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, or Biochemistry are acceptable.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Chemistry II
  • Chemistry: Advanced
  • Chemistry: Biochemistry
  • Chemistry: Inorganic
  • Chemistry: Organic
English Composition / Writing
Any of the following courses will be accepted: English Composition, English Dept. courses, Literature, Technical Writing, and courses designated as "Writing intensive" or "Writing within the discipline" even if taken outside of an English Dept. (please upload a course description or syllabus for a "Writing intensive" course in the "Catalog Course Descriptions" section of your PTCAS application for review).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • English Composition I
  • English Department Course
  • Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
English Composition / Writing
Any of the following courses will be accepted: English Composition, English Dept. courses, Literature, Technical Writing, and courses designated as "Writing intensive" or "Writing within the discipline" even if taken outside of an English Dept. (please upload a course description or syllabus for a "Writing intensive" course in the "Catalog Course Descriptions" section of your PTCAS application for review).
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
Acceptable Courses
  • English Composition
  • English Composition II
  • English Department Course
  • Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • Writing
Physics I
Applicants whose institution is on a quarter system must take a 3-part course sequence or 3 distinct courses (we will accept both courses where the lab and lecture is combined and courses where the lab is separate from the lecture). Calculus-based Physics courses are acceptable, but not required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics I
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics: General
Physics II
Applicants whose institution is on a quarter system must take a 3-part course sequence or 3 distinct courses (we will accept both courses where the lab and lecture is combined and courses where the lab is separate from the lecture). Calculus-based Physics courses are acceptable, but not required.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Required
Credits
SH: 4
Acceptable Courses
  • Physics II
  • Physics: Any
  • Physics: General
Psychology
Any psychology courses taken within or outside of a Psychology department are acceptable. Can include an "Introduction to Psychology" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QS: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Psychology
Any psychology courses taken within or outside of a Psychology department are acceptable. Can include an "Introduction to Psychology" course.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QS: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Psychology: Any
Statistics
Can include a Statistics course taken within or outside of a Mathematics department. Will consider research/methodology courses that incorporate Statistics.
Course Level
General or College
Lab Required
Not Applicable
Credits
SH: 3
QS: 4.5
Acceptable Courses
  • Biology: Biostatistics
  • Business: Statistics
  • Mathematics: Statistics
  • Psychology: Statistics