Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy

The Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy is designed to meet the prerequisite requirements of students pursuing admission into a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program and also meets the requirements for a range of career paths. The Pre-Physical Therapy pathway allows students to build a foundation and learn skills useful in the field of rehabilitation medicine and decide which career is most appropriate for them. In addition to Physical Therapy, graduates of this concentration may also pursue careers in Athletic Training, Occupational Therapy, Strength and Conditioning and other sports medicine related professions.

The Pre-Physical Therapy students’ education begins with a broad understanding in health sciences—biology, anatomy and physiology, and kinesiology, personal and community health—and leads to skill-building and hands on experience that includes first responder education, assessment and prescription, and lifespan motor development and learning. Students will complete the Advanced Personal Trainer (APT) certification in the second year and an internship in their final year.

The objectives for the Pre-Physical Therapy concentration are similar to that of the Health and Fitness concentration program (see the program description for the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science – Health and Fitness Concentration for detail). In addition, students will be well prepared to apply for the graduate schools in the field of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences upon completion of this concentration.

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply their knowledge of structural and functional anatomy and the principles of physiology as they relate to the responses and adaptations to physical activity and exercise.
  • Develop research competency including to data acquisition, analysis and reporting pertaining to the athletic and fitness industry.
  • Explain the importance of a physically active lifestyle, diet and exercise as means to improve quality of life and reduce the risk and prevalence of diseases.
  • Assess the health and fitness needs and goals of healthy and unhealthy populations and develop an appropriate fitness prescription based upon that assessment.
  • Apply principles of motor development theory to the challenges of human movement across the lifespan.
  • Utilize practical knowledge to assess and respond appropriately to medical emergencies.

Pre-Physical Therapy Curriculum


This sample curriculum sequence illustrates how a student might progress through the program. Course sequence may vary as long as prerequisites are met.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Managing Transitions: Change as a Norm CORE1001 3
Math Elective (MATH1200 or higher) 3
Biology I BIOL1001 4
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3
Behavioral / Social Science Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
The New Normal: Exploring Unstructured Problems CORE-ENGL 3
Health and Fitness Skills EXSC1205 3
Biology II BIOL1002 4
Statistics MATH2200 3
Humanities / Fine Arts Elective 3

Credits Total: 32

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Anatomy & Physiology I BIOL2503 4
Personal and Community Health EXSC2203 3
Structural Kinesiology EXSC2205 3
Precalculus and Functions MATH2201 3
Fitness for Life EXSC2204 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Anatomy & Physiology II BIOL2504 4
Emergency Responder EXSC2202 3
Advanced Personal Trainer (ATP) Certification EXSC2705 3
Writing about Literature ENGL1003 3

Credits Total: 29

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
Chemistry I CHEM1001 4
Abnormal Psychology PSYC3400 3
Nutrition EXSC3105 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Exercise Physiology EXSC3300 4
Chemistry II CHEM1002 4
Consumer Health EXSC3201 3
General Education Elective 3

Credits Total: 30

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Assessment & Prescription in Health & Fitness EXSC4800 4
Principles of Strength and Conditioning EXSC1405 3
Physics I PHYS2001 4

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
General Education Elective 3
Lifespan Motor Development and Learning EXSC4205 3
Internship EXSC4918 3
Physics II PHYS2002 4
General Education Elective 3
Open Elective 3

Credits Total: 30