Pre-Physical Therapy

Program Advisor: Emmanuel Osunkoya

Physical Therapy (PT) is a profession which develops and utilizes selected knowledge and skills in planning, organizing, and directing programs for the care of individuals whose ability to function is impaired or threatened by disease or injury. Physical Therapy deals primarily with those individuals whose potential or actual impairment is related to the neuromusculoskeletal, pulmonary, and cardiovascular systems. It focuses on methods of evaluating the functions of those systems and on the selection of appropriate therapeutic procedures to maintain, improve, or restore these functions. Physical Therapy serves a wide population in a variety of settings such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, home health agencies, public health agencies, school districts, private practice, and the armed forces. The minimum educational requirement for entry into the profession is a master’s degree. The College of Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Physical Therapy. Following completion of the degree, the student will apply to an entry-level doctoral physical therapy program at another institution. Prospective students should check with the pre-PT advisor for further information.

Specific Pre-Physical Therapy Requirements

Composition (6 credit hours)

ENG 1270/127, 1280/128

Biological Sciences (19 credit hours)

BIOL 1710/171, 3050/250 or BOT 2050/205; PSLY 2040/204; ZOOL 2040/204, 2050/250, 2610/261

Humanities (12 credit hours)

CMAT 2030/203; PHIL 2710/205 or 1030/221.

Six hours in a single foreign language

Mathematics and Computer Sciences (12 credit hours)

MATH 1250/171, 1410/261; CPTR 1060/106

Physical Sciences (16 credit hours)

CHEM 1550/155, 1560/156; PHYS 1510/151, 1520/152

Social Sciences (15 credit hours)

ANTH 1010/101 or SOC 1010/101; PSYC 1100/141, 2000/217,

2080/231 or 4180/357, 4155/336

Management (3 credit hours)

MGMT 1030/103

Health Sciences (21 credit hours)

H SC 1104/104, 1150/150, 2250/250, 2375/375, 322/3322, 321/3200, PSYC 4190 or HSC 3329

Physical Therapy (15 credit hours)

PT 3301/301, PE 2050/205, PE 2363/263 or PT 316/3316, PE 303/3303, PE 301/3301 or PT 314/3314

Health and Safety (2 credit hours)

HS 1570/157

Electives

HSC Electives (6 credit hours)

Other 4 credit hours

Physical Therapy (PT)

3301 FOUNDATIONS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY LECTURE AND CAPSTONE FIELD EXPERIENCE (3)

Fundamental principles of physical therapy including documentation, medical terminology, basic communication skills, infection control, and professional behaviors. The psychosocial aspects of disabilities and the grieving process as it relates to patient care will be discussed. This course will challenge students to explore the various aspects of the physical therapy clinical practice. In this course the student will begin the development of the senior thesis (capstone project) paper which must be completed in the Medical Science course offered in the senior year. Field observations of physical therapy departments will be included.

3314 KINESIOLOGY/ BIOMECHANICS FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY LECTURE (3)

Prerequisites : BIOL 1710/171, 3050/250 or BOT 2050/205; PSLY 2040/204; ZOOL 2040/204, 2050/250, 2610/261; MATH 1250/171, 1410/261; CPTR 1060/106

Apply the knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and mechanics to the science of human movement, function of skeletal and neuromuscular structures. Understand how the facts, concepts, and principles of kinesiology are valid for any kind of human activities of daily living, recreational and competitive sports, exercise, therapy, orthopedics, and rehabilitation.

3316 MOTOR LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT LECTURE (3)

Prerequisites : BIOL 1710/171, 3050/250 or BOT 2050/205; PSLY 2040/204; ZOOL 2040/204, 2050/250, 2610/261; MATH 1250/171, 1410/261; CPTR 1060/106

A detailed study of motor development from birth to adolescence as it relates to physical therapy management and rehabilitation.

Curriculum Pattern for the BS in Pre-Physical Therapy

FRESHMEN YEAR 

Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

 

ENG 1270

3

ENG 1280

3

PSYC 1100

3

CPTR 1060

3

MATH 1250

5

MATH 1410

4

CHEM 1550

4

CHEM 1560

4

 

15

 

14

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

 

BIOL 1710

3

ZOOL 2040

3

FINE ARTS

3

CMAT 2030 or ANTH 1010 or 1130

3

SOC 1250

3

PSYC 2000

3

HSC 1104

3

HSC 1150

3

Elective

3

PE 2363 or PT 3316

3

 

15

 

15

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

 

PHYS 1510

4

PHYS 1520

4

ZOOL 2050

4

ZOOL 2610

2

FOR. LANG.

3

FOR. LANG

3

PSYC 4190

3

HSC 3200

3

HSC 3329

3

HSC 2250

3

HS1570

2

 

 

 

16

 

15

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Semester

 

Spring Semester

 

PSLY 2040

4

PE 3030

3

PE 3010/PT 3314

3

HSC 4414

3

HSC 3316

3

HSC Elective

3

PSYC 4155

3

PT 3301

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

 

16

 

15

Total: 121 credit hours

*Electives taken in the humanities, health sciences, and health and safety are recommended