Program Requirements

In the pre-professional phase of study, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 and a minimum science GPA of 2.8/4.0 with no individual science grade lower than 2.0.

Required pre-professional course work includes completion of the general education program and major requirements including 18 credit hours in a cognate discipline or minor of choice. In fulfilling the cognate requirement, students must take at least 2 courses at the 300 level or higher.

While completing the pre-professional phase of study, students must complete a minimum of 30 hours of observation per year in a physical therapy practice setting, e.g. hospital, outpatient clinic, school, long-term care, etc. Students may not repeat observation in the same or similar settings except by permission of their faculty advisor or the Director of Clinical Education (DCE). Students must complete and submit to their advisor the Documentation of Clinical Hours form at the conclusion of each experience.

Students will be awarded the Bachelor of Science in Health Science at the completion of the first professional year.

Professional-phase students must maintain at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA, with no grade lower than 2.0. Any student whose professional-phase cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 is placed on academic probation. Students with deficient GPA's have two academic semesters to remediate their GPA to 3.0, and must retain it at that level through the remainder of the professional program, or be subject to dismissal from the program. 

A minimum final grade of 'C' (>73%) is required for all professional phase courses. A final course grade less than a 'C' (<73%) does not meet professional standards and will result in the student being removed from the professional phase of the program. Reentry to the program is possible only after successful completion of a remediation plan. A grade of 'C' (<73%) in any two courses will result in dismissal from the program without option for reentry.

Pre-Professional Phase:

Required Major Courses:

Year One:
BIO 111 General Biology I
BIO 111L General Biology I Laboratory
BIO 112 General Biology II
BIO 112L General Biology II Laboratory
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II
CHM 113 Introductory Laboratory I
CHM 114 Introductory Laboratory II

One of the following:
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 120 Introduction to Anthropology

Summer One:
EXSC 120 Medical Terminology

Year Two:
EXSC 211 Introduction to Human Movement
EXSC 216 Clinical Human Physiology
MAS 170 Elementary Statistics
PHY 103 General College Physics I
PHY 103L General College Physics I Laboratory
PHY 104 General College Physics II
PHY 104L General College Physics II Laboratory
PSY 112 General Psychology II

Year Three:
EXSC 302 Healthcare Administration Law and Policy
EXSC 310 Exercise Physiology
EXSC 311 Fundamentals of Anatomy
EXSC 312 Psychosocial Aspects of Disease and Disability
EXSC 314 Environmental Physiology
EXSC 316 Exercise Techniques and Physical Conditioning
EXSC 318 Psychology of Health

Professional Phase:

Summer Three:
PHT 511 Human Anatomy

Year Four:
PHT 502 Professional Issues of Physical Therapy Practice I
PHT 504 Professional Issues of Physical Therapy Practice II
PHT 514 Pathophysiology
PHT 516 Biomechanics and Kinesiology
PHT 518 Exercise Science
PHT 520 Motor Control Motor Learning
PHT 532 Clinical Examination
PHT 534 Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Physical Therapy
PHT 535 Physical Therapy in the Inpatient Environment
PHT 542 Pharmacology in Rehabilitation
PHT 551 Foundations of Evidenced Based Critical Inquiry
PHT 560 Clinical Education and Practice I

Year Five:
PHT 716 Health Promotion for Self and Society
PHT 720 Neuroscience
PHT 726 Clinical Interventions I
PHT 728 Musculoskeletal I
PHT 730 Clinical Interventions II
PHT 732 Musculoskeletal II
PHT 734 Selected P.T. Practice Topics
PHT 736 Neuromuscular Physical Therapy I
PHT 738 Geriatrics Physical Therapy
PHT 740 Prosthetics and Orthotics
PHT 752 Evidence in Practice

Summer Five:
PHT 760 Clinical Education I
PHT 762 Clinical Education II
PHT 764 Clinical Education III

Year Six:
PHT 802 Physical Therapy Administration and Management
PHT 830 Neuromuscular PT II
PHT 832 Pediatric Physical Therapy
PHT 836 Differential Diagnosis
PHT 850 Critical Inquiry Capstone

Two Credits from:
PHT 835 Patient Management Seminar

One of the following:
PHT 860 Clinical Education IV
PHT 861 Clinical Education V
PHT 862 Clinical Education VI