Physical Therapy

Recent Lewis & Clark graduates have successfully entered physical therapy programs at Boston University, University of Utah, University of Nevada—Las Vegas, George Fox University, Franklin Pierce University, Regis University, and Western Carolina University.


The most commonly required course prerequisites for PT programs are below:



Equivalent Lewis & Clark courses

Biology w/ lab

1 year

BIO 151 and 200

General Chemistry w/ lab

1 year

CHEM 110/120 or 115/135

Physics w/ lab

1 year

PHYS 141/142 or 151/152/251

Mathematics (Calculus)

1-2 semesters

MATH 131/132


1 semester

Not offered at L&C. Can be taken online or at Portland Community College.

Physiology w/ lab

1 semester

BIO 375


1 semester

ECON 103, MATH 105, MATH 255, or PSY 200


1-2 semesters

PSY 100 + any upper-level PSY


1-2 semesters

Many possibilities, including E&D

Other admissions requirements:
  • GRE - Most PT programs require applicants to complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  • Physical Therapy Volunteer Experience - Many programs require applicants to have a certain number of volunteer or paid PT experiences working with patients under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist.

Visit the institutional website or the PTCAS directory to determine additional requirements from each institution.

Applying for most PT programs is done through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS).