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Be a catalyst for healing.

There are times when we must seek help because we cannot help ourselves. As a pre-physical therapy major, we will prepare you to assist others in post-injury rehabilitation, preventative care, and therapeutic methods for patient recovery. We will also prepare you with the requirements needed to continue your education in physical therapy school.



Major requirements total 51 hours. This includes 13 hours of biology, 14 hours of health sciences, 8 hours of chemistry, 8 hours of physics, and 3 hours of bioethics. You’ll take interesting courses like:

  • Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise
  • Introduction to Bioethics

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All of your training in biology, physics, and health science is useless if you don’t get the opportunity to practice what you’ve learned. As a Pre-Physical Therapy major, you will be required to log between 500 and 1,500 clinical hours during your time here, which will make you stand out as you enter the professional world.

Career Objectives Include:



Course Title Credits
Pre Physical Therapy Core (51 hours)
Biology (13 hours)
BIO 340 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4 hours
BIO 341 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4 hours
BIO 410 Biology Seminar 1 hour
Choose one:
BIO 112 Plant and Animal Kingdoms 4 hours
BIO 310 Microbiology 4 hours
BIO 320 Immunology 4 hours
BIO 430 Developmental Biology 4 hours
Bioethics (3 hours):
BE 474X Introduction to Bioethics -or-
BE 476X Undergraduate Bioethics Institute 3 hours
Health Sciences (16 hours):
HS 161 Medical Terminology 1 hour
HS 162 Introduction to Athletic Training 1 hour
HS 168 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries 4 hours
HS 261 Advanced Techniques and Assessment of Athletic Injuries I 2 hours
HS 262 Advanced Techniques and Assessment of Athletic Injuries II 2 hours
HS 364 Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise 3 hours
HS 366 Therapeutic Modalities and Pharmacology 3 hours
Chemistry (8 hours)
CH 112 General Chemistry II 4 hours
CH 203 Essentials of Organic Biochemistry 4 hours
Physics (8 hours):
PHY 111-112 General Physics I and II 8 hours
Highly Recommended Courses (required by many physical therapy schools):
*CH 211-212 Organic Chemistry I and II 8 hours
HS 165X Responding to Emergencies and Sport Safety Training (First Aid and CPR Certification) 3 hours
MA 285X Statistics 4 hours
*If taken, the CH 211-212 sequence will substitute for CH 203 above.
Choose one to three:
PSY 335 Human Development: Childhood 3 hours
PSY 337 Psychology of Adolescence 3 hours
PSY 339 Human Development: Adult 3 hours
Recommended Courses (required by some physical therapy schools):
CIS 110 Introduction to Computer Fundamentals 4 hours
HPW 228X Sport and Wellness Psychology 3 hours
HS 351X Biomechanics 3 hours
PSY 310 Abnormal Psychology 3 hours
Choose one:
COM 112 Speech 3 hours
COM 350 Forensics I 2 hours
Choose one:
ENG 210X Business Communication 3 hours
ENG 240X Writing for the Media I 3 hours
Clinical Hours (1-6 hours)
Requirement varies from 500 to 1,500 hours among physical therapy programs
HS 480 Professional Rotation in Health Sciences 1-6 hours