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Pre-Physical Therapy (BS in Biology With Concentration)

Bachelor of Science

One of the fastest growing employment options, physical therapists are in demand to treat the baby boomer generation as well as those individuals suffering from chronic conditions.

One of the most rewarding careers is that of a physical therapist, who helps ill or injured patients improve their mobility and manage their pain. Physical therapists also play a critical role in rehabilitating and treating patients with chronic conditions or injuries.

Bachelor of Science in Biology majors with a Pre-Physical Therapy concentration work closely with their advisor during their undergraduate studies.

Upon graduation, students must gain entrance into a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Most programs require applicants to apply through the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service.

All states require licensed physical therapists, and licensing requirements vary by state. Many physical therapists choose to become board-certified specialists in either orthopedics or geriatric physical therapy.

Plan of Study


Total credit hours: 122


Please see required B.S. in Biology curriculum. Students are encouraged to select the Health Sciences concentration.

Health Sciences Concentration

This concentration is recommended for students pursuing graduate training in most health professions.
BIO 114  Medical Terminology
BIO 313  Nutrition Science
BIO 330  Anatomy & Physiology I
BIL 330   Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
BIO 331  Anatomy & Physiology II
BIL 331   Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
BIO 340  Pathophysiology
BIO 403  Immunology
(Approved Electives)

Note: Students interested in medicine, physician assistant, dentistry and pharmacy are also encouraged to complete a Chemistry Minor. This minor contributes to a student’s ability to succeed on the entrance exams for professional school and strengthens his/her transcript. The Chemistry Minor can be achieved by taking the following Chemistry courses:

CHM 305  Basic Biochemistry
CHL 305   Basic Biochemistry Lab

Learning Outcomes



1. Demonstrate knowledge of the discipline of biology.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of biological terms, principles, and concepts, utilizing appropriate depth and breadth in select content areas of biology.

2. Demonstrate skills of a biologist.

  • Design, conduct, and evaluate protocols, studies, and experiments utilizing the scientific method.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of biological instruments and technologies.

3. Apply effective critical thinking in biology.

  • Interpret, analyze, and evaluate biological information.
  • Apply biological concepts to social issues.

4. Demonstrate effective communication in biology.

  • Demonstrate effective written, speaking, and listening skills in biology reports, essays, projects, posters, and presentations.

Pre-Physical Therapy Faculty

Sandy Beach

Sandra M. Beach, Ph.D.

Chairperson of Dept of Biology and Health Sciences

Sr. Paula Blevins, OSF

Sr. Paula Blevins, OSF

Lab Support - Adjunct Faculty

Erin Burkholder

Erin Burkholder, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biology and Exercise Science

Anjali Gray

Anjali D. Gray, Ph.D.


Kris Moline

Kristin Moline, M.S.Ed.

Assistant Professor of Biology and Health Sciences

Kristen Williams

Kristen Williams, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology and Health Sciences, Academic Partnership Coordinator

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