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Division of Physical Therapy
UNM Health Sciences Center
MSC 09-5230
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Phone: 505-272-5479
Fax: 505-272-8079
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Prerequisites

 We rank your prerequisite GPA heavily in the application process. In order to facilitate the highest GPA possible, we recommend you do the following when selecting your prerequisite courses:

  1. Use the highest course grade possible for your prerequisite selection.  You may substitute a higher-level class for the prerequisite as long as you have taken the lower level required class.

    • As an example: you took Chemistry 1 + lab (4 cr.) your sophomore year and earned a B. Your junior year you took biochemistry + lab (4 cr.) a higher-level chemistry that had a prerequisite requirement of Chemistry 1 and you earned an A. You may use that higher-level chemistry class with the A, to match our prerequisites. Select the highest grade earned on all classes you have may have retaken.

  2. You should have all prerequisites completed by December 2020. You are permitted to have one final prerequisite to be taken during the 2021 Spring Semester. If you have more than one (1) outstanding prerequisite class yet to take after the December 2020 academic update, your application will be considered incomplete and will not move forward.

  3. Pass/Fail or CR/NC options are NOT acceptable for any of the pre-requisite courses. If you are trying to use Advanced Placement credits for a prerequisite class, please contact us so we can verify that it meets the specific class requirements.

    • We will accept pass, credit and satisfactory grades for prerequisite courses taken in the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters for prerequisitie requirements.

  4. Anatomy/physiology prerequisites must be taken within the last 5 years.  There is no expiration date on the other prerequisite classes that meet the acceptable course, credit and lab criteria listed above and on PTCAS.

Exercise Physiology (3 credits): Must be an advanced level (300 or higher) physiology class that is beyond the A&P requirement. The course should addresses the principles of the physiology of the human body during exercise with emphasis on the cardiopulmonary and neuromuscular systems. Preference is given for Advanced Exercise Physiology. Click here for available options.

Psychology (6 credits): You must have two psychology classes. These classes can be a combination of different classes such as Introduction to Psychology or Developmental and/or Abnormal Psychology. We recommend abnormal and/or developmental be at least one of your two courses. Not accepted: Sports Psychology or Psychology of Human Sexuality.

Statistics (3 credits): Must be a standalone statistics class (not just part of a research class).

Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits): Lecture and lab is required to total 4 credits. Class must include structure and function of the HUMAN body and organization/integration of systems. Must be taken within the last 5 years.

Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits): Lecture and lab is required to total 4 credits. Class must include structure and function of the HUMAN body and organization/integration of systems. Must be taken within the last 5 years.

Chemistry I (4 credits): Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits.

Chemistry II (4 credits): Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits.

Physics I (4 credits): Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits.

Physics II (4 credits): Lecture and lab required to total 4 credits.

If you are unsure of how many prerequisite courses you have completed: Complete this prerequisites worksheet and send it to HSC-UNMPTOrogram@salud.unm.edu along with copies of your transcripts. We will be happy to review the classes you have selected as your prerequisities and confirm/deny if they qualify.

Please remember most, if not all, of your questions can be answered at one of our Advisement Sessions. Please see the schedule and sign up for eiether an in-person or Zoom session.


Changes due to Coronavirus:

The University of New Mexico PT Program understands that this is a difficult time for everyone and that several parts of the application process may be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to helping future applicants by making the following changes in line with PTCAS recommendations for the 2020-2021 application cycle.

  • We will accept pass, credit and satisfactory grades for prerequisite courses taken in the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters for prerequisite requirements.
  • We will still accept online and/or distance learning courses for prerequisite courses.  Please verify with PTCAS that the institution is accredited to be offering that course and that they will verify grades from that institution. 
  • We will accept the new at-home GRE testing being offered by ETS but the deadline for taking the GRE is still October 1st, 2020.
  • We understand that applicants may have difficulty obtaining or completing the 45 required shadowing hours before the applications are due on October 1st, 2020.  We will extend the time available to complete your shadowing hours to December during the PTCAS academic update.