Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis (B.S.) - NIU - College of Health & Human Sciences

Physical Therapy

Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis

Physical TherapyFast Fact: In the last five years, enrollment in the Pre-Physical Therapy program is up 41.6%.

The Pre-Physical Therapy emphasis in the Health Sciences (B.S.) major provides the educational foundation needed to pursue graduate degrees in a variety of health-related fields, as well as function in a variety of entry-level health care jobs. Admission to the professional program in Physical Therapy, leading to the D.P.T., is competitive and requires completion of a Bachelor's degree.

The Pre-Physical Therapy emphasis curriculum includes course work that meets the university's core competency and general education requirements and the admission requirements of the professional program. Students take a variety of courses, including classes in: Science, Math, Rehabilitation Services, and Public Health.

Freshmen and Sophomores are advised through the College of Health and Human Sciences advising office (815) 753-1891. Juniors and Seniors are advised by Physical Therapy faculty (815) 753-1383.

This plan is an example of what a four-year plan could look like for a typical first-year student. Placement exam scores in Math and Chemistry, as well as the completion of college coursework, may change the plan. It should not be used in place of regular academic advising appointments with an academic advisor. All Health Sciences Pre-PT students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss course scheduling.

Year One - Fall Semester

  • ENGL 103 (3)
  • COMS 100 (3)
  • MATH 155 (3)
  • CHEM 210 (3)
  • CHEM 212 (1)
  • UNIV 101 (1)
    Total: 14 credits

Year One - Spring Semester

  • ENGL 104 (3)
  • PSYC 102 (3)
  • PHHE 206 (3)
  • AHRS 200 (3)
  • CHEM 211 (3)
  • CHEM 213 (1)
    Total: 16 credits

Year Two - Fall Semester

  • BIOS 208 (3)
  • BIOS 210 (1)
  • PHHE 295 (3)
  • Gen Ed: Humanities (3)
  • Gen Ed: Humanities (3)
  • Elective (3)
    Total: 16 credits

Year Two - Spring Semester

  • BIOS 209 (3)
  • BIOS 211 (1)
  • STAT 208 (3)
  • PSYC 225 or FCNS 280* (3)
  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences or elective (3)
  • Gen Ed: Humanities (3)
  • Total: 16 credits

*If FCNS 280 is taken, an additional social science Gen Ed is needed

Year Three - Fall Semester

  • PHYS 210 (4)
  • AHRS 327 (3)
  • PSYC 316 (3)
  • FCNS 201 (3)
  • Elective (3)
    Total: 16 credits

Year Three - Spring Semester

  • PHYS 211 (4)
  • AHRS 492 (3)
  • UHHS 310 (3)
  • 300/400 Elective (3)
  • 300/400 Elective (3)
    Total: 16 credits

Year Four - Fall Semester

  • BIOS 311 or 357 (4-5)
  • UHHS 460 (3)
  • AHCD 318 (3)
  • COMD 323 or 330 or AHRS 472 (3)
    Total: 13-14 credits

Year Four - Spring Semester

  • BIOS 355 (4)
  • AHPT 405 (3)
  • AHRS 493 (3)
  • Elective (3-4)
    Total: 13-14 credits