Pre-Physical Therapy

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
Microbiology 5
Human Anatomy 4
Human Physiology 4
Botany or Ecology 4
Genetics 4
Senior Seminar or Senior Thesis I & II 3 (Required of Biology Fellows)

ELECTIVE BIOLOGY COURSES (SELECT 2):
Pathophysiology 3
Molecular Biology 4
Human Dissection Anatomy 3
Medical Microbiology 4
Immunology 4
Endocrinology 3
Selected Topics 3-4

REQUIRED CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS and MATH COURSES:
General Chemistry I 5
General Chemistry II 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