Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy

For individuals who want to pursue a career as a physical therapist, Grand Canyon University offers a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy degree as the first step on the path to a career in this field. This pre-physical therapy degree program includes specialized coursework focused on preparing students for success in their graduate studies to earn a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) or Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

Graduates will acquire foundational knowledge in biological sciences, exercise science, social sciences and health care issues. The curriculum of this pre-physical therapy degree program introduces you to general biology, chemistry and physics with combined lecture and lab courses designed to reinforce principles and concepts through hands-on experimentation. Then you will move onto human anatomy and physiology to explore the structure and function of the human body and mechanisms that maintain homeostasis within it. You will explore the study of gross anatomy and functions of the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems.

Throughout the program, you will then delve into the care, treatment and prevention of athletic injuries, featuring principles of sports medicine, the care and treatment of athletic trauma and the use of proper conditioning principles for prevention injury. Curriculum will extend into the writing-intensive course genetics to examine principles of heredity and variation, kinesiology to analyze human movement and the physiology of exercise to study the effects of exercise on the body. The program is designed to equip you with knowledge of physiological responses to exercise, strength conditioning and health psychology. Workshops will provide you the opportunity to focus on the assessment of athletic performance, as well as the development of musculoskeletal flexibility, speed, agility, quickness, strength and power.

Other course topics for earning a BS in biology with a specialty in pre-physical therapy include attitude and social behavior, pharmacology, lifespan development, and spirituality and Christian values in health care and wellness.

Since physical therapists work closely with physical therapy assistants, physicians, other health care professionals and patients, interpersonal communication skills are paramount. These skills, along with the psychological, spiritual and physical components of health, wellness and therapeutic intervention, will be explored. One of the advantages of Grand Canyon University's pre-physical therapy program is that students have the opportunity to work on cadavers in our state-of-the-art lab.

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

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On-campus program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.