Advising Course Plan - Health Sciences Major - Physical Therapy Interest

Physical Therapy

Students pursuing a career in Physical Therapy (PT) will apply primarily through a centralized service: The Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). PTCAS allows applicants to use a single application and one set of materials to apply to the majority of PT programs. A smaller number of programs do not accept applications through PTCAS and have their own application process (e.g., University of Saint Augustine).

The application process typically opens July 1 (for admission a year later for the following fall), and application deadlines vary by school. The earliest application deadlines are October 1 (again, for admission the following fall). A complete list of PTCAS deadlines is found here:

http://www.ptcas.org/ptcas/public/deadlines.aspx?listorder=date&navID=10737426786

There is also an early decision option through PTCAS:

https://portal.ptcas.org/ptcasHelpPages/frequently-asked-questions/early-decision/index.html

As noted on the PTCAS website (http://www.ptcas.org/Home.aspx), there are several requirements that are common across most PT programs. Most programs require the GRE.

First, in terms of course requirements, 98% of PT programs using PTCAS require Anatomy & Physiology from “a biology, neuroscience, anatomy, or integrated physiology department.” Health Sciences (HLSC) at Stetson fits under the category of “integrated physiology department,” but if you are taking your Anatomy & Physiology courses at another institution, you will need to verify that these transfer courses are from a department that meets one of the above descriptions.

Second, the vast majority of PT programs using PTCAS require one or more course(s) in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Specifically, 86% require one or more courses in Biology, 98% require one or more courses in Chemistry, and 100% require one or more courses in Physics. Only 24% require one or more courses in Math.

Third, again the vast majority (96%) of programs using PTCAS require Social and Behavioral Science courses and a Statistics course. For the Social and Behavioral Science requirement, many of our students will take one or more courses in Psychology and one in Sociology.

You will, of course, also need to consider and meet all the HLSC major requirements shown on Degree Audit and in the Course Catalog (NOTE: The sample plan shown below allows you to meet HLSC major requirements).

In addition to a common core of prerequisite course work (*), many PT programs either require or strongly recommend shadowing/internship hours. Please discuss the opportunities available with your advisor.

Some graduate degree programs may require slightly different prerequisite coursework, so it is your responsibility to look (early! – for example, at the start of your sophomore year) at various universities in which you may be considering in order to know if you will need to take additional/different courses as an undergraduate.

Finally, PTCAS also provides a useful checklist to assist you in making sure your applications are complete prior to submission:

http://www.ptcas.org/Checklist/

First Year
Fall
BIOL 141P1,*Introductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics1
HLSC 119VHealth and Wellness1
FSEM 1001First Year Seminar (unless transfer student)1
ENGL 1011,*Writing and Rhetoric (unless otherwise determined or General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course))1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 142P1,*Introductory Biology II: Animal and Plant Physiology1
PSYC 101S1,*Introduction to Psychology1
MATH 141Q*Calculus I with Analytic Geometry1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course)11
 Term Units4
Second Year
Fall
MATH 141Q should be taken at some point during this year, if it was not taken in First Year. 
HLSC 2011,*Anatomy Physiology I1
CHEM 141P*General Chemistry I1
SOCI 101S*Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociology1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course)11
 Term Units4
Spring
HLSC 2021,*Anatomy and Physiology II1
CHEM 142P*General Chemistry II1
PSYC 3151,*Developmental Psychology (IHSC elective)1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course)11
 Term Units4
Third Year
Summer I
Take the GRE exam in preparation for PT school applications - by the end of summer before Fourth Year. 
 Term Units0
Fall
Junior Seminar must be taken during this year. 
HLSC 3091Research Methods in the Health Sciences1
HLSC 4111,*Exercise Physiology1
PHYS 121P
or 141P*
College Physics I
University Physics I
1
COMM 201Public Speaking (or Junior Seminar)1
HLSC 3751,*Community Health Care Seminar0.5
 Term Units4.5
Spring
HLSC 4981Senior Research Proposal1
PUBH 308QHealth and Medical Statistics1
PHYS 122P
or 142P*
College Physics II
University Physics II
1
COMM 201Public Speaking (or Junior Seminar)1
PUBH 376Health Coach Practicum I0.5
 Term Units4.5
Fourth Year
Fall
HLSC 4991Senior Research Project1
PHIL 316VBio-Medical Ethics1
PUBH 377Health Coach Practicum II0.5
IHSC Elective11
 Term Units3.5
Spring
Elective1
Elective1
Elective1
Elective1
 Term Units4
Total Unit: 32.5
1

 Required for IHSC major.

*

 Common core of prerequisite course work.