Types of Physical Therapist Degrees
- Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs: Students are in the program between six and nine semesters. More and more students are choosing to graduate with this entry level degree. By the year 2020, the majority of practicing physical therapist will be required to possess this degree.
- Master's degree (MPT, MSPT, MS) programs: Like the DPT programs, the students are in the program between six and nine semesters. These programs are being fazed out.
The basic requirements for the MS and DPT programs include the following:
- General Biology with lab, two semesters:
BIO 2105, 2106
- General Chemistry with lab, two semesters:
CHM 1151/1103, 1152/1104
- Anatomy & Physiology, two semesters:
BIO 1205, 1206 or BIO 3055and BIO 3155
- Physics with lab, two semesters:
PHY 1100/1101, 1102/1103or 2410/2411 and 2412/2413 or 2414/2415
- English - two semesters
- Psychology - two semesters: PSY 1000 and an upper level course; Abnormal Psychology or Developmental Psychology are most often cited.
- One semester of Calculus is a pre-requisite for Physics (AP credit in Calculus will satisfy this pre-requisite)
- Information on the PT programs may be accessed from the web site of the American Physical Therapy Association.
- Information on prerequisite courses required by each school and the application process can be accessed on the Physical Therapist Application Service (PTCAS) website
Selecting A Major
To meet these requirements, the following majors may be selected. The major must be supplemented with the above courses as needed. Science courses should be selected in close coordination with the Health Professions Advisor. Your advisor in your major will assist you in selecting courses to complete the requirements for your major.
Liberal Arts Major (4-year Bachelor of Arts degree, any discipline)
These above courses will satisfy the science and math requirements for the core curriculum. However, fitting all the science requirements into a program may require summer course work.
Biology Major (4-year Bachelor of Science degree)
This major will include most prerequisite course, including BIO 3055 and BIO 3155; BIO 1205 and BIO 1206 will fill elective credits only. For further information, contact the Biology Department in the Mendel Science Center 147, (610) 519-4830.
Chemistry Major (4-year Bachelor of Science degree)
Students must supplement their curriculum with BIO 2105 and 2106 plus additional courses as above. For further information, contact the Chemistry Department in the Mendel Science Center 215, (610) 519-4840.
Biochemistry Major (4-year Bachelor of Science degree)
This major includes all prerequisite courses. For further information, contact the Chemistry Department in the Mendel Science Center 215, (610) 519-4840.
Comprehensive Sciences Major (4-year Bachelor of Science degree)
Students must supplement their curriculum with BIO 3055 and BIO 3155 and other courses listed above; BIO 1205 and BIO 1206 will only fill elective credits. For further information, contact the Comprehensive Science Program, St. Augustine Center 451, (610) 519-4232.