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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.


For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science Pre-PT call 877.523.2537 or email admissions@becker.edu.

Pre-Physical Therapy Curriculum


Prerequisites

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
Composition and the Agile Mindset CORE-ENGL 3
Biology I BIOL1001 4
Introduction to Psychology PSYC1001 3
Introduction to Health and Exercise Science HTSC1000 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Biology II BIOL1002 4
Health and Fitness Skills EXSC1205 3
College Algebra OR MATH1200 3
Pre-Calculus & Functions MATH2001
Social Science Elective Elective 3
Humanities / Fine Arts Elective Elective 3

Credits Total: 32

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Anatomy & Physiology I BIOL2503 4
Writing About Literature ENGL1003 3
Community Health and Wellness Education HTSC2300 3
Nutrition EXSC2300 3
Precalculus and Functions OR MATH2001 3
Open Elective Elecitve

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Anatomy & Physiology II BIOL2504 4
Emergency Responder EXSC2202 3
Lifespan Motor Development and Learning EXSC2500 3
Statistics MATH2200 3

Credits Total: 29

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset CORE3100 3
Structural Kinesiology EXSC3150 3
Physics I PHYS2001 4
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Elective 3
Open Elective Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Exercise Physiology EXSC3300 4
Physics II PHYS2002 4
Teaching Exercise & Sports Skills EXSC2900 3
Advanced Personal Trainer Certification EXSC3550 4

Credits Total: 31

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Biomechanics EXSC3450 3
Assessment & Prescription in Health & Fitness EXSC4800 4
Principles of Strength and Conditioning EXSC4105 3
Chemistry I CHEM1001 4
Open Elective Elective 3

Spring Semester

Course NameNumberCredits
Exercise Science Capstone EXSC4850 3
Exercise Science Internship EXSC4950 6
Chemistry II Chem1002 4

Credits Total: 30

 
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