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Commonly Required Courses

These are typical requirements and recommendations for applying to physical therapy programs.  If you are interested in applying to programs in one of the other health profession areas (medical, dental, pharmacy, PA, OT, optometry, etc.) please review the recommended courses for that specific area. 

The health professional schools themselves provide the most accurate and up-to-date source of information.  Students should begin researching specific requirements of health professional schools they are interested in early in their academic careers and continue this research through their academic careers as health professional schools typically update their required and recommended courses on an annual basis. 

Students should also review Loyola department websites and LOCUS to determine relevant pre-requisites for courses listed below, what terms these courses are typically offered.

AreaSubjectLoyola Equivalent
Biology General Biology I BIOL 101 & 111
  General Biology II BIOL 102 & 112
  Anatomy & Physiology I BIOL 242
  Anatomy & Physiology II BIOL 243
Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry A CHEM 160 & 161
  Inorganic Chemistry B CHEM 180 & 181
Physics Physics I PHYS 111 & 111L or PHYS 125 & 125L
  Physics II PHYS 112 & 112L or PHYS 126 & 126L
Math Calculus MATH 131 or 161
  Statistics STAT 103 or STAT 203 or PSYC 304 or STAT 335
Communication Public Speaking COMM 101
English Composition Freshman Composition UCWR 110
  Upper Level Composition Course One Writing Intensive Course
Psychology General Psychology PSYC 101
  Developmental Psychology PSYC 273
  Abnormal Psychology PSYC 331

Occasionally required courses include (but are not limited to):
Cell Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology, additional Psychology courses