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How much information do you need to retain from your pre-requisite classes?

Having a solid foundation in the health sciences is advantageous. Retaining concepts from anatomy and kinesiology in particular will be beneficial. The first semester has a heavy anatomy basis, and having background knowledge of the material will guide your studying.

Megan Kaiser

DPT Class of 2015

I think the most important pre-requisite classes to retain information from are your anatomy and physiology courses. The more you are able to retain from those classes the easier it will be to catch on during the first semester.

Keesha Olsen

DPT Class of 2015

Honestly, the best thing to retain from undergraduate coursework is the method with which you managed to learn the most information. Graduate school is going to be different and it is going to be challenging in some way, no matter how much you retain from your previous coursework. The best thing you can do for yourself is to prepare a method that works best for you personally regarding information intake and retainment. If you had to choose a couple classes from which to review, though, definitely review any kinesiology courses and anatomy coursework you have done. As before stated though, if you don't review this, you will survive! It will just be a little more hectic for you. Overall, just know how to study.

Patty Kool

DPT Class of 2015

A good chunk from some classes, less from others. Having a solid foundation of anatomy, especially from the cadaver course (BMS 309 at GV) is very helpful in keeping up with the heavy anatomy content in the first semester of PT school. Additionally, an undergrad kinesiology course (MOV 300 at GV) makes the PT kinesiology course much more manageable. Skimming through old notes from these classes in the early weeks of school would not be wasted time.

Knowledge of principle concepts from undergrad courses, rather than individual details, was adequate for other classes. What's neat about the allowance of several different majors into the GV DPT program is how each student brings their own wealth of undergrad knowledge, views, and experiences to share with one another in studying the same material.

Patrick Lawrence

DPT Class of 2015

I would say the main thing that helped me is retaining anatomy related information including bones, muscles, and landmarks. If you have a chance to take cadaver lab in undergrad it will be very helpful.

Nate Keniston

DPT Class of 2015