BHS in Pre-Professional Physical Therapy

Degree Program Description

Physical Therapy involves the evaluation and treatment of physical disability and pain that may result from injury, disease or developmental disability. Prevention of disability and public education are also roles of the physical therapist. Physical therapists use tests and measurements to assess body system dysfunction and determine diagnosis and treatment. Daily living skills, including work, are also addressed. The University of Missouri offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.  This degree is granted to some students who gain Advanced Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Students may not major in the BHS in Preprofessional Physical Therapy unless they have applied and been accepted for Advanced Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

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Major Program Requirements

Advanced Admission grants students the opportunity to apply to the DPT program during the junior year and enter the DPT program after completing 90 credit hours of college level coursework. Students who seek to gain early admission to the DPT program must complete a minimum of three years (six fall/spring semesters or 12 quarters of full-time enrollment) of residential coursework on a college campus prior to starting the DPT program. To be eligible to apply for advanced admission, students must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Students accepted for the early admission program must complete 90 credit hours, including University of Missouri requirements, University general education, and pre-requisite coursework prior to beginning the professional phase of the program. At the time of application, students may have up to three of the following courses to be completed, with no more than two planned for the spring semester: Statistics, Chemistry, Physics 1, Physics 2, Biology, Physiology, Medical Terminology and Anatomy*.

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Pre-requiste Courses
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation ^3
or ENGLSH 1000H Honors Exposition English
MATH 1100College Algebra ^3-5
or MATH 1160 Precalculus Mathematics
HLTH_SCI 3900WIntroduction to The Research Process and Evidence Base - Writing Intensive ^3
Students must complete departmental requirements, including at least 6-8 hours of 3000/4000-level coursework in one of the following content areas: a) Biological/Physical Science, b) Social/Behavioral Science. (See suggested courses below.) #
Suggested Biological/Physical Science Courses: ~
General Biochemistry
General Microbiology
Quantitative Methods of Analysis with Lab
Medical Pharmacology
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Physiology of Exercise
Exercise Prescription
Suggested Social/Behavioral Science Courses:
Public Health Principles, Practice, and Education
Health Care in the United States
Cognitive Psychology
Human Memory
Health Psychology
Physiological Psychology
The Sociology of Sport
Sociology of Health
Aging and the Life Course
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning (a grade of C or better is required) #3
or STAT 1300 Elementary Statistics
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I #4
or CHEM 1320H College Chemistry I - Honors
PHYSCS 1210College Physics I #4
PHYSCS 1220College Physics II #4
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory #
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500H Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory Honors
MPP 3202Elements of Physiology #5
CDS 2190Medical Terminology #3
PTH_AS 2201Human Anatomy Lecture # *3
or PH_THR 2500 Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Injury
PTH_AS 2203Human Anatomy Laboratory # *2
Major Core Requirements
PTH_AS 7222Gross Human Anatomy (The Health Professions) #7
PH_THR 5110Fundamentals of Physical Therapy #1
PH_THR 5210Applied Neurophysiology for Allied Health Students #3
PH_THR 5220Biophysical Agents #3
PH_THR 5230Clinical Evaluation and Procedures with Laboratory #4
PH_THR 5240Foundations of Therapeutic Exercise #3
PH_THR 5250Human Kinesiology #3
PH_THR 5260Introduction to Clinical Education and PhysZOU I #1
Applied Therapeutic Exercise (PH_THR 5310) #3
Clinical Kinesiology (PH_THR 5320) #3
Clinical Pathophysiology (PH_THR 5330) #3
Clinical Education and PhysZOU II (PH_THR 5340) #1
Intro to Orthopedics (PH_THR 5350) #3
Pharmacology in Rehabilitation (PH_THR 5360) #2

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Semester Plan

First Year
MATH 11003CHEM 13204 
PSYCH 10003MO State Law Requirement2 
Humanities Course3HLTH_SCI 10003 
BIO_SC 10103ENGLSH 10003 
BIO_SC 10202PSYCH 25103 
PH_THR 10001  
 15 15  
Second Year
PHYSCS 12104CDS 21903 
COMMUN 12003HLTH_SCI 43003 
HLTH_SCI 33003H_D_FS 2400W4 
STAT 12003PHYSCS 12204 
PSYCH 24103  
 16 14  
Third Year
HLTH_SCI 21001HLTH_SCI 3900W3PTH_AS 72227
HLTH_SCI 44803MPP 32025PH_THR 51101
PTH_AS 22013Humanities Course3 
PTH_AS 22032SOCIOL 34303 
NEP 23803Elective1 
H_D_FS 23003  
 15 15 8
Fourth Year
PH_THR 52103PH_THR 53103 
PH_THR 52203PH_THR 53203 
PH_THR 52304PH_THR 53303 
PH_THR 52403PH_THR 53401 
PH_THR 52503PH_THR 53503 
PH_THR 52601PH_THR 53602 
 17 15  
Total Credits: 130

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Degree Audit

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Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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