Pre-Physical Therapy majors are recommended to complete the Athletic Training Program Pre-Physical Therapy Option.
Transfer students and/or students with exceptional math ACT/ SAT scores and science aptitude (grades of B or higher in college science courses) may elect the Biology (no specific concentration) or Biology (Medical Pre-Professional Concentration) major to apply to physical therapy school.
However, additional prerequisites for physical therapy programs are required if a biology major is chosen. Students should check the prerequisites for the physical therapy schools to which they plan to apply. These additional prerequisites for physical therapy programs usually include BIOL 304 Human Anatomy, ATEP 390 Exercise Physiology, MATH 140 Statistics, PSYC 101 General Psychology and an additional psychology course.
More about the Pre-Physical Therapy Option
Students may choose to major in athletic training with the Pre-Physical Therapy Option to meet admission pre-requisites for graduate programs in physical therapy.
Acceptance into physical therapy school is highly competitive. Since BIOL 101/102, CHEM 101/102 and PHYS 201/202 sequences are required by most physical therapy schools, students who choose this option will complete all courses in the athletic training curriculum, as well as the biology, chemistry and physics sequences.
For success in the Pre-Physical Therapy Option, students will require high aptitude in math (high ACT/SAT math scores) and college biology, chemistry and physics courses (grade of B or high- er). The BIOL 101/102 course sequence should be completed in the freshman year. The CHEM 101/102 and PHYS 201/202 sequences may be completed later in the athletic training program curriculum (chemistry in junior year and physics in the senior year).
Students should check the prerequisites of the physical therapy schools to which they plan to apply for any additional prerequisites. The Pre-Physical Therapy Option may require an
additional semester of coursework (dependent on ACT/SAT scores and AP or dual enrollment college credit on entry into Tusculum College).
Interested students should contact an athletic training advisor for more details.