Bachelor of Science in Pre-Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy 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 neuro-musculoskeletal, 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.

Following the completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in pre-physical therapy. Students may apply to an entry-level Master’s or doctoral physical therapy program at an accredited institution. The minimum educational requirement for entry into the profession is a Master’s of Physical Therapy.

Program Outcome

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in pre-physical therapy is not a professional degree and the degree cannot be used to seek employment as a physical therapist.  Following completion of the BS degree in pre-physical therapy, students will have acquired the qualification needed for admission into an entry-level Master’s or doctoral (professional) degree program at an accredited institution.

Upon successful completion of the BS degree in pre-physical therapy, the graduates will:

  • Apply the language of health professions in documenting patient history and progress of treatment.
  • Apply psychological and sociological theories in explaining human behaviors in different clinical scenarios.
  • Apply knowledge of physical and medical sciences in explaining disease pathology, physical therapy diagnosis and intervention.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of physical therapy as a health care profession.
  • Differentiate the roles and responsibilities of the members of the health care team.
  • Comprehend published research in allied health.

Admission Progression and Graduation Requirements

The Physical therapy program admits freshmen and transfer students. Applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Students must complete the general university admission requirements and successfully complete the required university examinations in English, mathematics and reading, in addition to federal and state constitution examinations.

The requirement for admission into the Pre-Physical Therapy program is a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. After the student has completed a total of 90 credit hours, the student must attain a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale to be able to graduate from the program. Students will be required to change their major if they failed to attain the GPA benchmark

Students in the Pre-Physical Therapy program are expected to graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or better in order to be competitive for admission into the entry- level doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) program.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (120 Credits)

Core Curriculum Requirements indicated by asterisk mark (*)

English (6 hours)

Eng 1270
Eng 1280

Math and Computer Science (12 hours)

Math 1710
Math 1410
Computer 1060*

Humanities (12 hours)

Foreign LanguageI I01
Foreign Language II 102
Speech 2030 or 1130
Philosophy 2710

Physical Therapy (15 hours)

PT 3301
PE 2050
PE 2363 or PT 3316
PE 3303
PE 3301 or PT 3314

Natural Sciences (32 hours)

Biology 1710
Zoology 2050*
Zoology 2610*
Zoology 2040
Physiology 2040
Physics 1510 & 1520

Physical Education, Recreation (10 hours)

Introduction to Human Movement PE 2050 Motor Learning & Development PE 2363
Physiology & Exercise PE 3030
Applied Biomechanics PE 3010

Social Sciences (15 hours)

Anthropology or Sociology 1010*
Psychology 1100*
Psychology 2000*
Psychology 4155*
Psychology 4180*

Management (3 hours)

Intro to Modern Business Systems MGMT 1030 or
Entreprenuership in Health Care HSC 3314

Elective (2 hours)

Health & Safety (2 hours)

First Aid & CPR HS 1570

 

Health Sciences (23 hours)

Medical Terminology HSC  1104*
Intro to Health Professions HSC  1150*
Health Care Ethics HSC  2250*
Health Policy HSC  2375*
Service Learning in Health HSC 3321/3200
*Research Methods HSC 3322
PSYC 4190 OR hsc 3329
Health Sciences Electives (6 credits)*

Curriculum Pattern
Freshman year
Fall Semester Credit Hrs Spring Semester Credit Hrs

ENG 1270
PSYC 4155
MATH 1710
CHEM 1550

3
3
5
4

ENG 1128
CPTR  1106
H SC  1150
CHEM  1560
PE  2050

3
3
3
4
1

  15   14

Sophomore year

Fall Semester Credit Hrs Spring Semester Credit Hrs

BIOL 1710
PHIL 2040 or 2210
ANTH 1010 OR SOC 1010
H SC 1104
PT  3301

 

3
3
3
3
3

ZOOL 2040
SPCH 2030
PSYC 2000
HSC ELECTIVE
PE 2363

3
3
3
3
3

  15   15

Junior year

Fall Semester Credit Hrs Spring Semester Credit Hrs

PHYS 1510
ZOOL 2050
FOREIGN LANG.
PSYC 4180 ELECTIVE

4
4
3
3
2

PHYS 1520
ZOOL 2610
FOREIGN LANG.
PE 3010
HSC 2250
4
2
3
3
3
  16   15
Senior year
Fall Semester Credit Hrs Spring Semester Credit Hrs
PSLY 2040
MGMT 1030 or
HSC 3314
ELECTIVE
PSYC 4155
HSC  2375
4
3
3
3
3
PE 3030
HSC  3322
HS  1157
MATH 1410
HSC  3321
3
3
2
4
3
  16   14
      Total: 120 credit hours

*HSC 3321 (Service Learning in Health ) is a mandatory interdisciplinary course for all students enrolled in the Collegeof Health Sciences, including pre-physical therapy majors

Prospective students should contact the Department of Health Studies chairperson for further information on the BS degree in Pre-Physical Therapy.

Dr. Thomas Britt
Office: (773) 821-2201
Email: tbritt@csu.edu

Department of Health Studies' Policy on Admission, Progression and Retention