The Pre-Physical Therapy major is designed to combine a solid theoretical science foundation with practical training needed to give students a competitive edge for acceptance to professional physical therapy programs.

Major requirements total a minimum of 50 hours. This includes a minimum of 12 hours of Biology, 3 hours of Bioethics, 16 hours of Health Sciences, 8 hours of Chemistry, 8 hours of Physics, and a minimum of 3 hour of professional clinical experience.

Required Courses for General Education
BIO 111General Biology4
CH 111General Chemistry I4
MA 121Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Required Courses
BIO 340Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 341Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 410Biology Seminar1
Select one of the following:3-4
Developmental Biology
BE 474XIntroduction to Bioethics3
or BE 476X Undergraduate Bioethics Institute
Health Sciences:
HS 161Medical Terminology1
HS 162Introduction to Health Sciences1
HS 168Prevention and Care of Athletic Injury4
HS 261Advanced Techniques and Assessment of Athletic Injuries I2
HS 262Advanced Techniques and Assessment of Athletic Injuries II2
HS 364Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise3
HS 366Therapeutic Modalities and Pharmacology3
CH 112General Chemistry II4
CH 203Essentials of Organic Biochemistry4
PHY 111
PHY 112
General Physics I
and General Physics II
Required Clinical Hours 1,2
HS 480Professional Rotation in Health Sciences 1,21-6
Highly Recommended Courses (required by many physical therapy schools)
Biology: Plant and Animal Kingdoms
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Responding to Emergencies and Sport Safety Training
Introductory Statistics
Select one to three of the following:
Child Development
Psychology of Adolescence
Adult Development
Recommended Courses (required by some physical therapy schools)
Introduction to Computer Fundamentals
Sport and Wellness Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Business Communication
Writing for the Media I
Total Hours60-66

Requirement varies from 500 to 1,500 hours among physical therapy programs


Clinical hours must be supervised by a registered physical therapist, preferably in a hospital Physical Therapy Department (i.e., a clinical setting). Some programs require more than one site. Must be taken for HS 480 credit. Registration for credit must occur prior to the clinical experience. This requirement satisfies the professional experience requirement.


If taken, the CH 211-CH 212 sequence will substitute for CH 203 above.