Prerequisite coursework

All prerequisite (prereq) courses must be completed prior to beginning the program; without exception.  Students may apply with outstanding prereq courses so long as the student demonstrates a plan to complete those courses before matriculating in the program. Accepted students completing prereq courses while applying will need to submit a final transcript demonstrating the successful completion of these courses.  Comparable courses from regionally accredited institutions are acceptable.  No prerequisite coursework with a grade below C will be accepted, and a maximum of two C’s in the program’s prereqs is permitted.  Prerequisite science courses (anatomy & physiology, physics and stats) must be completed in the 7 years prior to application.  We require that the remaining prereq courses be completed in the 10 years prior to application.  Prereq courses taken prior to these deadlines are unacceptable and must be retaken in order to qualify.

Human Anatomy and Physiology: 

  • 1 sem. of anatomy AND 1 sem. of physiology; OR a 2 sem. sequence of combined anatomy & physiology (A&P)
  • The two courses must each contain a lab component
  • The two courses must cover the majority of the following: a comprehensive study of physiological principles, membrane physiology, body fluid compartments, fluid and electrolyte balance, and the skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and urinary systems of the human body.
  • UWL courses:  BIO 312 & BIO 313

Physics:

  • 1 sem. of physics with lab
  • An acceptable physics course must be math based (studies physics concepts using algebra and trigonometry, or calculus), and it must also cover the majority of the following topics: matter, motion, energy, thermodynamics, waves, light, and electricity.
  • A biomechanics course is NOT acceptable.
  • UWL courses:  PHY 125 preferred.  PHY 103 or PHY 104 is acceptable.

Statistics or Principles of Research:

  • 1  sem.
  •  An acceptable course should cover the majority of the following: descriptive statistics, binomial and normal distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, along with an introduction to z, t, F, chi-square test statistics, computer use, and statistics software.
  • UWL course:  MTH 145 or STAT 145

Life Span Development or Developmental Psychology:

  • 1 sem.
  •  An acceptable course will emphasize the historical, theoretical, and methodological approaches to human development.  It should include psychological principles, concepts, historical and recent research for areas of prenatal, cognitive, language, social/emotional, and physical development.
  • UWL courses:  PSY 210 or PSY 212 (Psych majors and Dual Degree Majors take PSY 210)

Abnormal Psychology:

  • 1 sem. 
  • The course needs to study the majority of the following: clinical descriptions, biopsychosocial causes and the associated treatments of psychological disorders with special emphasis on mood and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and assessment and diagnosis.
  • UWL course:  PSY 204 or 304

Sociology or Anthropology:

  • 1 sem. 
  • An acceptable course needs to cover the majority of the following: the role of socio-cultural, socioeconomic, and diversity factors and lifestyle choices in contemporary society.
  • UWL course:  Any SOC or ANT course

Common satisfactory prereq courses from other schools:

If you would like to know whether a particular course will satisfy one of our prereq course requirements please email Pete Amann at pamann@uwlax.edu.  Please include the school where the course was taken, course number, and course description in your message.  You may also email pamann@uwlax.edu for transcript reviews.  Please include a copy of your unofficial transcript as an attachment.