Pre-Physical Therapy Curriculum
The University of St. Francis offers excellent undergraduate preparation for physical therapy and other health related professional schools. There is not a specific major required for admission to physical therapy programs so USF offers a biology degree with a pre-professional track for students interested in becoming physical therapists.
USF students complete a core of courses which prepare them for entrance into professional school and still enjoy the freedom and flexibility to design a curriculum in advanced science courses which are appropriate to their interests.
Physical therapy schools are looking for students who have completed a core of specific course work in biology, chemistry, math and physics and who have performed at a high academic level. Additional coursework may be required by individual PT programs in such areas as psychology, sociology, and statistics; however, it is important to check with individual programs to determine their specific requirements. Physical therapy schools require volunteer work or other specific types of clinical experience outside the classroom.
REQUIRED BIOLOGY COURSES: (Semester Hours)
Principles of Biology I and Lab (4)
Principles of Biology II and Lab (4)
Human Anatomy (4)
Human Physiology (4)
Botany or Ecology (4)
Senior Seminar or Senior Thesis I & II* (3) (*Required of Biology Fellows)
ELECTIVE BIOLOGY COURSES (SELECT 2):
Molecular Biology (4)
Human Dissection Anatomy (3)
Medical Microbiology (4)
Selected Topics (3-4)
REQUIRED CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS and MATH COURSES:
General Chemistry I and Lab (5)
General Chemistry II and Lab (5)
Organic Chemistry I and Lab (5)
Biochemistry and Lab (5)
General Physics I (4)
General Physics II (4)
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5)