Pre-Health Sciences Program

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. Requirements beyond core classes include:  BIOL 205: Human Anatomy, BIOL 206: Human Physiology, ECON 201: Basic Economic Theory, PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology, six additional hours in psychology and medical terminology, and CPR Certification.

Program curriculum:

CORE 101: Drury Seminar
BIOL 172: Molecular Biology
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Inheritance
CHEM 208/L: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 238/238L: Inorganic Chemistry
MATH 231: Calculus I
MATH 227: Statistics
PHYS 211: General Physics I
PHYS 212: General Physics II
ENGL: 207 Expository Writing:Art of the Essay
BIOL 205: Human Anatomy
BIOL 206: Human Physiology
PSYC 101: Principles of Psychology (plus 6 elective hours)
BIOL 305: Medical Terminology
CPR Certification

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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.