Summer Prerequisite Courses

This summer session, Duke is offering many prerequisite classes online. See the list below for classes that could fulfill prerequisites or that could be interesting for pre-DPT students! Visit the Duke summer courses website for a list of all course offerings.

** Classes with a D code indicate courses with discussion sections
** Classes with an L code indicate courses with laboratory sections
** Classes with an S code indicate seminar courses

Summer Session 1:
** May 13 – June 22, 2020 for six-week courses
** May 13 – June 6, 2020 for four-week classes
EVANTH333L The Human Body, Instructor Richard Kay – 6 weeks
BIOLOGY201D Molecular Biology, Instructors Alison Hill and Daniele Armaleo – 6 weeks
CHEM101DL General Chemistry, Instructor Todd Woerner – 6 weeks
CHEM201DL Organic Chemistry, Instructors David Gooden and Christopher Roy – 6 weeks
BIOCHEM301 Biochemistry I, Instructor Brian Coggins – 6 weeks
PHYSICS141L General Physics 1, Instructors Lawrence Evans and Robert Brown – 6 weeks
PHYSICS142L General Physics 2, Instructor Arya Roy – 6 weeks
PHYSEDU206 Exercise Physiology, Instructor Kim McNally – 6 weeks

EDUC240 Educational Psychology, Instructor Heather Stone – 6 weeks
PSY104 Social Psychology, Instructor Jee Young Kim – 6 weeks
PSY106 Biological Bases of Behavior, Instructor Rupali Gupta – 6 weeks
STA101L Data Analysis & Statistical Inference, Instructors Curry Hinton and Kelly Moran – 6 weeks
STA198L Introduction to Health Data Science Part 1, Instructor Yue Jiang – 6 weeks
Interesting courses
CULANTH207 Anthropology of Sports, Instructor Can Evren – 4 weeks
EDUC101-01M Foundations of Education, Instructor Kisha Daniels – 4 weeks
WRITING182-01M Public Speaking, Instructor Ingrid Byerly – 4 weeks
EDUC290S Educational Impacts of COVID-19, Instructor Heather Stone – 6 weeks
EVANTH336S Dance Science, Instructor Blythe Williams – 6 weeks

Summer session 2:
** June 29 – August 9, 2020 for six-week courses
** July 7 – July 30, 2020  for four-week courses
Anatomy and Physiology
EVANTH330 Human Physiology & Anatomy, Instructor Justin Ledogar – 6 weesk
** A note from the EVANTH330 instructor: Greater focus on physiology
CHEM99D Introduction to Chemistry, Instructor Dorian Canelas – 6 weeks
CHEM101DL General Chemistry, Instructor Christopher Roy – 6 weeks
CHEM201DL Organic Chemistry I, Instructor Dorian Canelas – 6 weeks
PHYSICS141L General Physics I, Instructor Shailesh Chandrasekharan – 6 weeks
PHYSICS142L General Physics II, Instructor Arya Roy – 6 weeks
BIOLOGY329D Principles of Animal Physiology, Instructor Ron Grunwald – 6 weeks
CELLBIO451 Introduction to Human Physiology, Instructors Emma Jakoi and Jennifer Carbrey – 6 weeks
** A note from the CELLBIO451 instructors: CELLBIO451 provides an excellent background for all health professionals, including medicine, physical therapy, physician assistants and nursing, as well as preparation for the MCAT exam.
PSY390S-01M Cultural Psychology, Instructor Gabriela Carrasquel – 4 weeks
PSY390S-02M Nature and the Brain, Instructor Aaron Reuben – 4 weeks
EDUC240-01 Educational Psychology, Instructor Heather Stone – 6 weeks
PSY101 Intro to Psychology, Instructor Brenda Straka – 6 weeks
PSY102 Cognitive Psychology, Instructor Emmaline Eliseev – 6 weeks
PSY104 Social Psychology, Instructors Tracy Darbeloff and Adam Stanaland – 6 weeks
PSY105 Abnormal Psychology, Instructor Madeline Farber – 6 weeks
PSY106 Bio Bases of Behavior, Instructor Karen Murphy – 6 weeks
PSY 319S Positive Psychology, instructor Patty Van Cappellen – 6 weeks
STA101L Data Analysis & Statistical Inference, Instructor Curry Hinton – 6 weeks
STA198L Introduction to Health Data Science Part 2, Instructor Yue Jiang – 6 weeks
Interesting Courses
GSF290S-01M Care in the Age of COVID-19, Instructor Jocelyn Olcott – 4 weeks
WRITING182-01M Public Speaking and Presentation, Instructor Ingrid Byerly – 4 weeks
DANCE290S Body Image & Gender, Instructor Courtney Liu – 6 weeks
DANCE290S Creativity Amdist Crisis, Instructors Alyah Baker and Courtney Crumpler – 6 weeks
EDUC101 Foundations of Education, Instructor Amy Anderson – 6 weeks
EDUC290S Educational Impact of Covid-19, Instructor Heather Stone – 6 weeks
PHYSEDU207 Exercise & Mental Health, Instructor Kim McNally – 6 weeks

Learn About Duke DPT

Good morning!

If you want to learn more about Duke’s Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) Program, there are two virtual admissions information sessions this summer where you can hear from representatives of the program and ask questions! These will be held from 1-3pm EST on both Friday, June 12th and Friday, July 24th, 2020. More information about the information sessions can be found here.

Registration is required – click here to register!

Please reach out to Wes Pritzlaff at if you have any more questions, and have a great summer!

Exec Officers 2020-2021

Happy Thursday, Pre-PT Association!

I am happy to announce the new Pre-PT Exec Board. They are enthusiastic and ready to lead the organization!

President: Wes Pritzlaff ’21
Vice President: Ben Frye ’21
Treasurer: Hannah Zhao ’21

Come meet them when the new semester starts, or reach out to them via email – they are linked on our About page.

Admissions Session and Volunteering Opportunity!

Good morning!

If you’re interested the Duke DPT program, there will be Duke Admissions Information Sessions on June 7th and July 19th. Find out more information and register here!

Special Olympics is also providing us a fun opportunity to volunteer at their FUNfitness event. The event will be held at the Special Olympics North Carolina Summer Games in Raleigh on Saturday, June 1st.  Help from PTs, PTAs, PT students and PTA students will be needed. They also need non-clinical volunteers (friends, family, co-workers) to help with sign in, check out and flow within the venue. For more information, click here.

Have a great Tuesday, and reach out if you have any questions!

Exec Officers 2019-2020

Good morning! I’m happy to announce our officers for the 2019-2020 school year. We’re very excited about the upcoming year and hope to meet you at future events!

Exec Officers:
President: Kianna Lawrence ’20
Vice-President: Cindy Pan ’20
Treasurer: Michael Marsack ’20
Secretary: Jaylen Miller ’20
Historian: Gabby Cooper ’20

Please reach out to us via email if you have any questions – you can find them on our About page.

Duke DPT Info Session

Good morning, Pre-PT Association!

We’d like to remind you of a Duke DPT admissions info session on Monday, February 18th at 5pm. The info session will be held at the Duke Physical Therapy school. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the PT program and have your questions answered! Please fill out this form so that we can coordinate transportation to the PT school.

We hope to see you there!

PT Student Panel

Hello, pre-PT students!

This Wednesday October 24th, the Pre-PT Association will be hosting a Speed-Dating with PT Students event at 6pm in BioSci 130.

At our meeting this week, you will have the opportunity to talk to current PT students one on one, ask questions, get advice, and gain insight about PT school! We will also be going over class recommendations that will help you with bookbagging, which starts on Monday, October 22nd. Below is a list of current PT students who will be in attendance.

  • AC Caldwell ’18, UNC DPT ’21
  • Anthony Nash ’16, Duke DPT ’21
  • Caroline Schanche ’16, Duke DPT ’21
  • Christine Striesel ’18, Duke DPT ’21
  • MaryEllen Targonski ’18, Duke DPT ’21
  • Ryan Kelly ’16, Duke DPT ’20
  • Ali Swiec ’16, Duke DPT ’20

We hope to see you there!

Health Fair and Panel September 9th, 2018!

This coming Sunday, September 9th from 2:00pm – 3:30pm, there will be a “Prehealth Check-Up” health fair and panel held in the Trent Semans Center Auditorium. For those interested, please remember to register at The Pre-PT Association will have a table at the fair following the panel, so please stop by and ask us any questions you may have!

Additionally if you’ve never been to Trent Semans, the Pre-PT Association will have representatives waiting at 1:45pm on the steps of the chapel to walk students over.

The Career Center, Health Professions Advising, and the Academic Advising Center provide this brief description of the Prehealth Check-Up:

The Prehealth Check-Up is designed to provide first and second year pre-health students with an early exploration of the healthcare industry and career possibilities. Panelists representing different careers within the health field will educate students about a variety of career options to explore and share their own professional journeys. Students will also be provided with information regarding volunteer and research opportunities at Duke! Plus, there will be a chance to mingle and network with panelists and other students, as well as learn about student-run pre-health organizations on campus. Career Center staff will also provide a personal introduction to resources available in and through the Career Center. This event is co-sponsored by Health Professions Advising & the Academic Advising Center.

Please feel free to reach out to Cindy Pan at for any questions or concerns. We look forward to seeing you there!