Administered by Department of Biological and Allied Health Sciences
Effective Fall 2008
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.).
BIOLOGY.114 Concepts in Biology I
BIOLOGY.173 Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOLOGY.174 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOLOGY.474 Human Physiology or BIOLOGY.480 Comp. Animal Phys.
BIOLOGY.479 Integrated Physiology Laboratory
BIOLOGY.490 Internship in Biology/Allied Health
CHEM.115 Chemistry for the Sciences I
CHEM.116 Chemistry for the Sciences II
ENGLISH.101 Foundations of College Writing
ENGLISH.201 English Composition II
MATH.116 Math for Health Sciences
MATH.141 Introduction to Statistics or PSYCH.160 Basic Statistics
PHYSICS.111 Introductory Physics I
PHYSICS.112 Introductory Physics II
PSYCH.101 General Psychology
PSYCH.210 Life-Span Psychology
SOC.211 Principles of Sociology or ANTHRO.101 Introduction to Anthropology