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Health Sciences - Pre-Physical Therapy Option (Fall 2008)

Administered by Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences

Effective Fall 2008

Pre-Physical Therapy

Physical therapists examine, diagnose, and treat patients that have a variety of musculoskeletal, cardiac, neurological, and pulmonary problems. They carry out programs to help increase a patient's strength and flexibility, to relieve pain, and to help limit permanent physical disabilities. Most physical therapy degree programs are now at the doctoral level. We strongly recommend that students complete the B.S. Health Sciences degree then transfer to a physical therapy program where they earn a doctoral (D.PT) degree. These programs are usually 3 years in length. Bloomsburg students have been admitted to many different schools; there are 16 in Pennsylvania.

It is strongly recommended that pre-physical therapy students complete the B.S. degree in Health Sciences as this program of study fulfills the requirements for doctoral degree physical therapy schools. Students are encouraged to work closely with their advisor to ensure an efficient plan of study. The following courses are required by many physical therapy schools and these fit into the B.S. Health Sciences curriculum (see Health Sciences B.S.).

50.114 Concepts in Biology I

50.173 Anatomy and Physiology I

50.174 Anatomy and Physiology II

50.205 Nutrition

50.474 Vertebrate Systems Physiology OR 50.480 Comp. Animal Phys.

50.479 Integrated Physiology Laboratory

50.490 Internship in Biology/Allied Health

52.115 Chemistry for the Sciences I

52.116 Chemistry for the Sciences II

54.111 Introductory Physics I

54.112 Introductory Physics II

53.116 Algebra for Health Science

53.141 Introduction to Statistics or 48.160 Basic Statistics

20.101 English Composition I

20.201 English Composition II

45.211 Principles of Sociology or 46.101 Introduction to Anthropology

48.101 General Psychology

48.110 Life-Span Psychology