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Pre-Physical Therapy

The pre-physical therapy major in biology is intended for students planning for continued doctoral studies in physical therapy at one of many universities offering that concentration of study. The curriculum is modified to meet the needs for transfer into most doctoral programs in physical therapy, including Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. This program offers flexibility so that one may accommodate the requirements of transfer institutions.

Students complete their undergraduate study in biology at Keystone and then continue at other highly respected institutions to pursue their graduate or doctoral degrees in physical therapy. Generally, the remainder of their doctoral degree can be completed in three additional years.

This pre-physical therapy program is designed for students to pursue a DPT (Doctorate in Physical Therapy). Physical therapy is and will continue to be a growing field. Job outlooks are excellent.

Articulation Agreements

The faculty at Keystone College work closely with these colleges to provide students ease of transfer.

Thomas Jefferson University, Keystone Course Equivalency Guide
SUNY Upstate Medical University

Internships and Experiential Learning

Internships and Experiential Learning

Not all education happens in the classroom. Certain lessons can only be learned through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with real world experiences in the field. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students and other professionals. Students will acquire leadership and management skills, professional growth and personal fulfillment that can’t be gained in the classroom.

The pre-medical professional advisor offers advice and suggestions for your summer cooperative work and internship.

Projects & Research

Students have the opportunity to participate in a mentored research experience in conjunction with faculty mentors and community partners at any time. All students participate in the senior seminar and research course and capstone research projects, and present their work at the annual research symposium. Students and mentors also have the opportunity to present work at regional and national conferences.

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Biology (Pre-Physical Therapy) B.S. Degree

In addition to the General Education requirements and the Institutional Learning Outcomes for all majors, the following courses are a sampling of what is required for graduation for Physical Therapy Concentration.

Semester 1  

  • Gen Biology I
  • Gen Chemistry I
  • College Writing I
  • First-Year Seminar
  • Medical Terminology
  • Critical Reading 0/2

Semester 2

  • Gen Biology II
  • Gen Chemistry II
  • Speech Communications
  • College Writing II
  • Calculus I or Pre-Calc

Semester 3   

  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Moral: (Bioethics Recommended)
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Calculus I or Free Elective
  • GenEd Elective

Semester 4  

  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Microbiology
  • Quantitative Elective (Statistics)
  • Arts & Humanities Elective

Semester 5  

  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry I
  • Statistics & Research
  • General Physics I
  • Social & Cultural Elective (General Psychology)

Semester 6    

  • Tech Elective (PC Office Application Recommended)
  • Science Literacy: Nutrition
  • Biochemistry II
  • Developmental Psych or higher
  • Gen Ed: Intro to Sociology
  • Experiential Learning

Semester 7  

  • Intro to Ecology
  • Free Elective 3000+: (Psychopathology)
  • M/S Elective (Cell Biology)
  • Biology Seminar & Research
  • Social & Cultural Elective

Semester 8   

  • Arts & Humanities Elective
  • Capstone Research Project or 3000+ Curricular Ele.
  • Virology or Immunology
  • PSYC 3000+ or higher
  • Free Elective 3000+

Updated: 10/2017

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with Career Services for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

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Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.

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