Pre-Physical Therapy is a rigorous, science-packed concentration that prepares graduates for admission to doctorate of physical therapy (D.P.T.) programs and paves the way for chiropractic and physician-assistant graduate study. Courses include chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, biology, psychology and statistics. An internship under the supervision of a physical therapist, chiropractor or physician assistant is required. Graduates earn a B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy. Graduates who successfully complete the education curriculum for secondary licensure become candidates for a license to teach science in grades 7-12.
In addition to the learning outcomes for all Health Sciences majors (see below), there is an additional outcome for students in this concentration:
- Students will have the knowledge and skills for entry into graduate programs in physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, physician’s assistant and related allied health disciplines.
Health Sciences Programs at NVU-Johnson
Students majoring in Health Sciences at NVU-Johnson choose one of three concentrations: Health Sciences (B.S.): Health & Exercise Science concentration - J , Health Sciences (B.S.): Physical Education concentration - J with or without licensure, and Health Sciences (B.S.): Pre-Physical Therapy concentration - J . Students graduate with a B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in one of these specialties. Graduates who successfully complete the appropriate education curriculum also become candidates for a license to teach science (grades 7-12) or physical education (grades PreK-12).
The major is designed for students wishing to pursue careers in health, fitness, physical education and the allied health fields. It trains students in the basic sciences, including biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology; assessment of health status; the disease process; health and fitness; and cardiac and pulmonary assessment and rehabilitation. Graduates are prepared for a variety of career options as well as graduate study (which is required for students pursuing careers as physical therapists, chiropractics, physician assistants and similar fields). In addition, with the current increases in lifestyle-related disease and the growing elderly population, graduates will be poised to take advantage of new prospects in the health field.
In addition to the outcomes identified within each concentration, the B.S. in Health Sciences seeks to produce graduates who:
- Demonstrate through both speaking and writing an understanding of biological, physical and social sciences related to human movement, sport exercise and contemporary health issues.
- Identify and describe challenges to the natural homeostasis of the body and mind and how they respond to these challenges.
- Apply knowledge related to physical activity, nutrition and other lifestyle behaviors to prevent and control diseases in diverse populations.
- Use both qualitative and quantitative methods to appraise risk factors, health status, fitness and physical skills, and then design safe and effective programs to target these factors in healthy and diseased populations.
- Possess in-depth understanding of the scientific methods and the ability to accurately interpret and apply scientific findings related to the human body, health and disease.
- Demonstrate an ability to apply theoretical knowledge, research skills, use of technology and professionally appropriate and ethical behaviors in workplace settings.
Health Sciences Core Curriculum (NVU-J) (24 credits)
Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration
Required Concentration Courses (36 credits)
Electives (6-8 credits):
Choose 6-8 credits. Note: At least 3 credits must be either an AHS-designated course or BIO 3180 .
Total: 66-68 credits
Important Note: To remain in this program, students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 after completion of four semesters, plus at least a 3.0 GPA in the following courses:
BIO 2011 Anatomy & Physiology I (4 cr.)
BIO 2012 Anatomy & Physiology II (4 cr.)
BIO 1211 Introduction to Biology: Ecology & Evolution (4 cr.)
BIO 1212 Introdution to Biology: Cells and Benetic Basis of Life (4 cr.)
Graduate Study Advisory
Some graduate programs may have admission requirements as noted below that are not included in this program of study (e.g., see below). Electives should be identified early in the degree program and in discussion with an advisor about academic and career goals.
- Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs sometimes require the following additional prerequisites:
- Doctor of Chiropractic programs often require the following additional prerequisite:
- Physician’s Assistant (PA) graduate programs often require the following prerequisites:
- Two semesters of 4-credit advanced biology courses (3000- or 4000-level). Replacement of PHY 2031 - Fundamentals Physics I and PHY 2032 - Fundamentals Phyics II with these courses is recommended for those interested in PA programs.