Prepare for a PT Career With a Biology Bachelor of Science - Pre Physical Therapy Degree
A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy puts graduates on the path to becoming physical therapists. In this pre-physical therapy program at GCU, students who successfully complete the coursework can apply for entry into a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in the future.
Pre physical therapy degree program graduates study all the topics they need to prepare for future roles as physical therapists. The program highlights topics such as:
- Biological sciences
- Exercise science and kinesiology
- Healthcare issues
- Therapeutic intervention
BS in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy students who go on to become physical therapists must work closely with patients, physicians and PT assistants. So, in addition to the biology and physiology emphasis, the pre-physical therapy program readies graduates to excel in interpersonal communication. They also learn about the intersection between psychology, spirituality and physical health.
Examine Biology and Exercise Physiology
The GCU College of Science, Engineering and Technology ensures that all future physical therapists who graduate from the biology pre physical therapy Bachelor of Science program are well prepared. The college has designed the coursework for the pre physical therapy program around domains that emphasize:
- Science Foundations
- Professional and Scientific Communication
- Professionalism and Ethics
- Data Analysis and Interpretation
- Human Movement and Function
These domains ensure that pre-physical therapy grads have mastered advanced scientific concepts. Students in the program study:
- Complex biological networks from molecular to systems levels
- Human anatomy
- Scientific inquiry and analysis
- Scientific methods
- Exercise physiology
- Corrective exercise
- Clinical practice and research
BS in Biology - Pre Physical Therapy Degree Outcomes
Graduate-level physical therapy studies come next for many students who complete the BS in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy program at GCU. The core coursework may also lead students into related allied health graduate programs.
Depending on certain state requirements, graduates of the pre-physical therapy program may qualify to become research technicians or physical therapy assistants right away or with an additional certificate.
If you are interested in beginning a career as a physical therapist, a degree in pre physical therapy may be the right choice for you. Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre-Physical Therapy today.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.