Pre-Physical Therapy Program

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):

BIOL 124/5 Principles of Biology I and Lab (4)
BIOL 126/7 Principles of Biology II and Lab (4)
BIOL 211 Microbiology (5)
BIOL 221 Human Anatomy (4)
BIOL 252 Human Physiology (4)

BIOL 331 Botany (4)
BIOL 361 Ecology (4)

BIOL 350 Genetics (4)

BIOL 410 Senior Seminar (3)
BIOL 411/2 Senior Thesis I & II (3) (Required of Biology Fellows)

Elective Biology Courses (select 2):

BIOL 311 Pathophysiology (3)
BIOL 322 Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 321 Human Dissection Anatomy (3)
BIOL 342 Medical Microbiology (4)
BIOL 343 Immunology (4)
BIOL 353 Endocrinology (3)
BIOL 480-483 Selected Topics (3-4)

Required Support Courses:

CHEM 121/3 General Chemistry I and Lab (5)
CHEM 122/4 General Chemistry II and Lab (5)
CHEM 224/5 Organic Chemistry I and Lab (5)
CHEM 322/3 Biochemistry and Lab (5)
PSCI 111 General Physics I (4)
PSCI 112 General Physics II (4)
MATH 181 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5)


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