Bachelor of Science in Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Physical ThearapyPhysical 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)Math and Computer Science (12 hours)
Eng 1270Math 1710
Eng 1080Math 1410
 Computer 1060*
Humanities (12 hours)Physical Therapy (15 hours)
Foreign LanguageI 101PT 330
Foreign Language II 102PE 2050
Speech 2030 or 1130PE 2363 or PT 3316
Philosophy 2710PE 3303
 PE 3301 or PT 3314
Natural Sciences (32 hours)Physical Education, Recreation (10 hours)
Biology 1710Introduction to Human Movement PE
Zoology 2050*2050 Motor Learning & Development PE 2363
Zoology 2610*Physiology & Exercise PE 3030
Zoology 2040Applied Biomechanics PE 3010
Physiology 2040 
Physics 1510 & 1520 
Social Sciences (15 hours)Management (3 hours)
Anthropology or Sociology 1010*Intro to Modern Business Systems MGMT 1030 or
Psychology 1100*Entreprenuership in Health Care HSC 4414
Psychology 2000* 
Psychology 4155* 
Psychology 4180* 
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  2150*
Health Care Ethics HSC  2250*
Health Policy HSC  3375*
Service Learning in Health HSC/NURS 3321
*Research Methods HSC 3200 
PSYC 4190 OR hsc 3329
Health Sciences Electives (6 credits)*


Curriculum Pattern
Freshman year
Fall SemesterCredit HrsSpring SemesterCredit Hrs
ENG 12703ENG 11283
PSYC 41553CPTR  11063
MATH 17105HSC 11503
CHEM 15504CHEM 15604
  PE 20501
 15 14

Sophomore year

Fall SemesterCredit HrsSpring SemesterCredit Hrs
BIOL 17103ZOOL 20403
PHIL 2040 or 22103SPCH 20303
SOC 1013PE 23633
HSC 11043  
PT 3301   
 15 15

Junior year

Fall SemesterCredit HrsSpring SemesterCredit Hrs
PHYS 15104PHYS 1520 4
ZOOL 20504ZOOL 2610 2
 16 15
Senior year
Fall SemesterCredit HrsSpring SemestersCredit Hrs
PSLY 2040
MGMT 1030 or
HSC 4414
PSYC 4155
HSC  3375
PE 3030
HSC  3200
HS  1157
MATH 1410
HSC/NURS  3321
 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) 995-2512

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