Pre-Physical Therapy

North Park University’s pre-professional track for physical therapy is a sequence of courses and advising that will give you a solid foundation for your applications to competitive physical therapy schools around the country. The pre-physical therapy track should accompany a major—most often biology, psychology, athletic training, or exercise science—where you’ll also gain a deeper understanding of the workings of the human body.


Pre-physical therapy students are advised typically by Dr. Linda Vick in the Biology Department or Dr. David Bennett in the Psychology Department and the director of health professions advising, Viviana Martinez. Your advisor and Viviana will speak with you about your particular interests in physical therapy, and help you stay on track throughout your program at North Park. Our Pre-Health Advising Committee—a group of faculty in the Division of Life and Physical Science and the director of health professions advising—will work with you to make sure you are prepared for your applications and interviews for physical therapy school.

Courses and Activities

We recommend you take the following courses alongside your major and Core Curriculum requirements to prepare for physical therapy schools and a career in the field of healthcare. Some courses may also meet major/Core Curriculum requirements.

Recommended Core Courses

  • Introduction to Human Anatomy
  • Introduction to Cell Biology
  • Advanced Human Physiology
  • Upper-level (2000+) BIOL courses
  • Introductory Chemistry I
  • Introductory Chemistry II
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Calculus I or Introductory Statistics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Introduction to Sociology

Other Recommendations

Download a PDF of recommended courses.

Alumni Profile

Nate Cercavschi C’10 has wanted to become a physical therapist since a knee injury at age 12 exposed him to the profession. Now earning his doctorate in physical therapy, the pre-physical therapy track at North Park prepared him to achieve his career goal.

Read more about Nate’s experience.

Nate Cercavschi, Pre-Physical Therapy alumnus

“Without a doubt, I believe that the education and experiences that North Park offered me will always be a part of what I do and what I aim to do in the future.”

Nate Cercavschi C’10