Prerequisite courses

Each professional program has its own set of prerequisite courses that are required to apply for admission into the program. Below is an alphabetical list of the prerequisite courses required by our professional programs including the Doctorate in Nutrition & Dietetics (DND), Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD), Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT), and Masters in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS). 

To determine course eligibility in fulfilling a prerequisite requirement compare the courses you have completed or plan to complete with the course descriptions below to verify your courses meet our criteria for acceptance. 

Prerequisite listing

A:

  • Accounting
  • Anthropology

B:

  • Biochemistry
  • General Biology I
  • Biology, Upper Level Human

C:

  • Chemistry I
  • Chemistry II
  • Chemistry, Organic

F:

  • Food Selection & Preparation, Quantity Food Preparation, and Food Procurement

H:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Nutrition
  • Human Physiology

M:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Microbiology
  • Microeconomics or Macroeconomics

P:

  • Physics I
  • Physics II
  • Psychology, Introduction
  • Psychology, Abnormal

S:

  • Sociology, Introduction
  • Statistics

Accounting

Required for DND

Course addresses the role of accounting in society and business and includes the topics of fundamental concepts and basic design of accounting systems.

+ACCT-A 200 at IUPUI

Anthropology

Anthropology OR Sociology is required for OTD

Course is a survey of cultural and social processes that influence human behavior, using comparative examples from different ethnic groups around the world, with the goal of better understanding the broad range of human behavioral potentials and those influences that shape the different expressions of these potentials.

+ANTH-A104 at IUPUI

Biochemistry

Required for DND

Course covers the fundamentals of the chemistry of life including biomolecule structure and function, the dependence of biological processes on chemical and physical principles, and pathways of carbohydrate and fatty acid metabolism.

+BIOL-K 384 at IUPUI

General Biology I

Required for MPAS

An introductory course emphasizing the principles of cellular biology, molecular biology, and genetics.

+BIOL-K 101 at IUPUI

Biology, Upper Level Human

Required for MPAS

Accepted courses are only Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or Immunology. Courses should be 200 level and above; a lab is preferred.

Cell Biology: Course topics include the examination of the structure and activity of eukaryotic cells and subcellular structures, with emphasis on the regulation of and interactions among subcellular events, such as protein targeting, transmembrane signaling, cell movement, and cell cycle. Course must be at a level required for science majors. Course with a lab is preferred.

+BIOL-K 324 at IUPUI

Immunology: Course topics include principles of basic immunology with an emphasis on the cells and molecules underlying immunological mechanisms. Course must be at a level required for science majors. Course with a lab is preferred.

+BIOL-K 338/339 at IUPUI

Genetics and Molecular Biology: Course topics include principles of classical and molecular genetics including Mendelian inheritance, linkage, nucleic acids, gene expression, recombinant DNA, genomics, immunogenetics, and regulation. Course must be at a level required for science majors. Course with a lab is preferred.

+BIOL-K 322/323 at IUPUI

Chemistry I

Required for MPAS, DPT, and DND

Principles of inorganic chemistry emphasizing physical and chemical properties, atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, and states of matter. Course must be at a level required for science majors and include a lab.

+CHEM-C 105/125 at IUPUI

Chemistry II

Required for MPAS, DPT, and DND

Course topics include condensed phases, solution chemistry, thermodynamics, equilibrium, and kinetics. Course must be at a level required for science majors and include a lab.

+CHEM-C 106/126 at IUPUI

Chemistry, Organic

Required for MPAS and DND

Course includes a comprehensive study of organic compounds. And valence bond theory, stereochemistry, and physical properties of organic compounds as well as an introduction to reaction mechanisms and spectroscopic identification, and synthesis and reactions of selected compounds. Course must be at a level accepted for science majors and include a lab.

+CHEM-C 341/343 at IUPUI

Food Selection and Preparation, Quantity Food Preparation, and Food Procurement

Required for DND

Courses may be 1, 2, or 3 courses depending on content. These courses are not currently offered at IUPUI.

+SPH-N 120 (Food Selection and Preparation) and SPN-N 321 (Quantity Food Preparation and Food Procurement) at IU Bloomington

+HOSP 102 (Food Selection & Preparation) at Ivy Tech

Human Anatomy

Required for DND, OTD, MPAS, and DPT

Course includes the study of the histology and gross morphology of the human form, utilizing a cell tissue organ-system approach. Course must be at a level accepted for science majors and include a lab.

+BIOL-N 261 at IUPUI

Human Nutrition

Required for DND

Course includes the principles of physiology, chemistry, and biology to describe the role of nutrition in the human body and to explore the interrelated and protective role of nutrition in wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention.

+NTRD-N 265 at IUPUI

Human Physiology

Required for DND, OTD, MPAS, and DPT

Course includes study of cellular, musculoskeletal, neural, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, and reproductive function in humans. Course must be at a level accepted for science majors. Courses with a lab are preferred.

+BIOL-N 217 at IUPUI

Medical Terminology

Required for OTD, MPAS, and DPT

Course develops a student’s understanding and use of medical terminology and covers spelling, pronunciation, and abbreviations, the identification and description of the major functions and structures of body systems, and the identification of common mistakes in medical terminology.

+HIM-M 330 at IUPUI

Microbiology

Required for MPAS and DND

Course is an introduction to microorganisms: cytology, nutrition, physiology, and genetics. Covers the importance of microorganisms in applied fields including infectious disease. Course must be at a level required for science majors and include a lab.

+BIOL-K 356 & BIOL-K 357 at IUPUI

Microeconomics or Macroeconomics

Required for DND

Microeconomics: Course studies the economic principles governing the operation of particular markets and the decisions of individual economic agents: households and government agencies.  It also studies the characteristics of different types of market organization, including supply and demand, monopoly, and oligopoly as well as the principles and consequences of effective economic behavior by households and firms.

+ECON-E 201 at IUPUI

Macroeconomics: Course studies the measurement and determination of national economic performance, including performance measures such as national production and income, the economic growth rate, the unemployment rate and total employment, inflation, interest rates, and the international trade balance. It also studies the determinants of economic growth and the nature and causes of the business cycle (expansion and recessions), as well as the nature of effectiveness of government policies to try to promote growth and/or stabilize the business cycle (fiscal, monetary and trade policies).

+ECON-E 202 at IUPUI

Physics I

Required for DPT

Course topics include Newtonian mechanics, wave motion, heat, and thermodynamics. Application of physical principles to related scientific disciplines, especially life sciences. Course must be at a level accepted for science majors and include a lab.

+PHYS 21800 at IUPUI

Physics II

Required for DPT

Course topics include electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, introduction to concepts of relativity, and quantum theory. Course must be at a level accepted for science majors and include a lab.

+PHYS 21900 at IUPUI

Psychology, Introductory

Required for DND, OTD, MPAS, and DPT

Course is an introduction to psychology as a systematic and scientific way to think about the biological and social aspects of behavior and mental processes. Topics include research methods, behavioral neuroscience, sensation/perception, learning, memory, cognition and language, motivation/emotion, personality, stress and health, and psychological disorders and treatment.

+PSY-B 110 at IUPUI

Psychology, Lifespan Development

Required for OTD and DPT

Course emphasizes the lifespan perspective of physical/motor, language, intellectual/cognitive, social/personality, and sexual development from conception to death through theory, research, and practical applications. Commonalities across the life span, as well as differences among the various segments of the life span, are examined.

+PSY-B 310 at IUPUI

Psychology, Abnormal

Required for OTD

Course topics include various forms of mental disorders with an emphasis on cause, development, treatment, prevention, and interpretation.

+PSY-B 380 at IUPUI

Sociology, Introductory

Anthropology or Sociology is required for OTD

Course content includes an introduction to the scene of human society and includes fundamental concepts, description, and analysis of society, culture, the socialization process, social institutions, and social change.

+SOC-R 100 at IUPUI

Statistics

Required for DND, OTD, MPAS, and DPT

Course topics include central tendency, distributions, variability, probability, sampling distributions and inference, hypothesis testing, z-tests, t-tests, ANOVA, correlation and regression, and chi-square.

+STAT 30100 at IUPUI

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