degree. Students interested in pursuing physical therapy should seek advisement from the physical therapy faculty by calling the program office to schedule an appointment. Beginning fall 2010, all students admitted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must have completed a bachelor’s degree.
Continuation and Graduation Standards
Standards of the physical therapy profession require that graduates be prepared to practice safely and competently with the physical therapy scope of practice. To ensure safe and competent performance by students enrolled in the program, the following continuation standards must be met for students to remain enrolled in the program:
- To progress in
physical therapy, students are required to:
- maintain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the undergraduate level; students must maintain a 3.0 for all courses taken at the graduate level.
- maintain an active liability insurance policy for clinical courses;
- maintain current CPR certification.
- If in the judgment of the faculty there is reason to question the emotional or physical condition of a student or the safety or quality of physical therapy care provided, the faculty has the right and obligation to exclude the student from the clinical area.
- Students who fail courses may be denied progression in the program. Students may repeat failed courses only at the discretion of the Retention and Progression Committee of the Physical Therapy Department.
- Statement of Ethical and Professional Standards. In certain programs such as physical therapy, professional success depends upon factors other than those measured by normal evaluations in course work. The faculty has the right to separate a student from the program who is not likely to succeed professionally, despite earning acceptable grades. Failure to maintain the high ethical and professional standards of the physical therapy profession may subject a student to suspension, dismissal or other appropriate remedial action by the physical therapy faculty.
2530 - Rehabilitation Science: Physical Therapy (B.S.)
- General Education (see list of approved courses)
- Rhetoric and Composition: Two approved courses in rhetoric and composition (6 hours)
- Mathematics: Mathematics 131 or higher level approved Mathematics course* (3 hours)
- Statistics: One approved statistics course (3 hours)
- Natural Sciences: Biology 121* and Chemistry 121/123* (8 hours)
- Humanities and Fine Arts: Two approved humanities and fine arts courses, one from fine arts and one from either (6 hours)
- Cultures and Civilizations: Option A: Western Humanities I and II and one approved Non-Western cultures and civilizations course OR Option B: World Civilization I, II, III (9 hours total)
- Behavioral and Social Sciences: Psychology 101* and one additional approved course (PSY 241 or HHP 407 recommended) (6 hours)
Major and Related Courses
- Biology 121#, 191, 208
- Chemistry 121/123# and 122/124 or one biochemistry course
- One scientific or medical terminology course (Classics 300 or Physical Therapy 302 recommended)
- One 300- or 400-level exercise physiology course (HHP 317 recommended)
- Mathematics 131 or a higher level approved Mathematics course
- One biomedical or professional ethics course (Philosophy 325# or 425# recommended)
- Physics 103/183 and 104/184
- Psychology 101# and one additional approved course (PSY 241 or HHP 407 recommended)
- One 200-level or higher course emphasizing scientific or professional writing