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About the Pre-Physical Therapy Program

Physical therapists specialize in diagnosing, treating and preventing musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders that can impair physical function. By enhancing strength, endurance, coordination, flexibility, joint range of motion and providing training for mobility and independence in the home and throughout the community, physical therapists can improve the quality of life for many people. Most schools offer a master’s degree, but there are a few doctoral programs. Due to the wide applicability of this profession, job opportunities from students who graduate from PT school include work in hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics and corporations. The Exercise Physiology major was designed for students planning to pursue a career in physical therapy.

Program curriculum:

BIOL 172: Molecular Biology 
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Inheritance 
BIOL 182: Evolution
CHEM 208: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 208-L: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 238: Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 238-L: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 315: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 315-L: Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 336: Biochemistry
CHEM 415: Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 415-L: Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CORE 101: Drury Seminar
ENGL 207: Expository Writing
MATH 227: Statistics
MATH 231: Calculus I
PHYS 211: General Physics I 
PHYS 212: General Physics II

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Recommended Course Progression (pdf)


Southwest Baptist University

Eligibility: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all the prerequisite courses. This means at least a “C” or better in all of these courses. Additional requirements include up to 40 hours of a shadowing experience in physical therapy and demonstrating computer literacy. Students must also complete the GRE.