Physical Therapy

 
Physical Therapists work with people who have a temporary or permanent disability or pain due to injury, disease, old age, accident, or birth defect.

As a member of the health care team, the physical therapist works to:
  • Develop and deliver appropriate treatment programs for the relief of pain
  • Prevention of deformity
  • Improvement of strength
  • Development of coordination and increase in functional ability

Treatment may involve exercise, in conjunction with the application of heat, cold, water, electricity, ultrasound, traction and/or massage. Their work is often closely coordinated with that of the occupational therapist, because both fields involve training patients to improve their motor abilities.

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These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements.  It is the student's responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.

Type of class

Recommended CSU Courses

General Biology (2 semesters w/ labs)

LIFE 102 and one other lab-based biology course

General Chemistry (2 semesters w/ labs)

CHEM 111/112 and CHEM 113/114

General Physics (2 semesters w/ labs)

PH 121 and PH 122 or PH 141 and PH 142

Human Anatomy (1 semester w/ lab)

BMS 301

Physiology (1 semester w/ lab)

BMS 300/302 or BMS 360/302
(UC-Denver requires BMS 360 be taken one year prior to applying)

Psychology (2 or 3 semesters)

PSY 100 and PSY 260 or PSY 320

Mathematics

College Algebra

English Composition (2 semesters)

CO 150 and CO 300/301 or JTC 300/01

Statistics (1 semester)

EHRS 307, STAT 301, or STAT 307

Highly recommended

BMS 325, CO 300/301, HES 207,
HES 307, HES 403, SPCM 200

Graduate Record Exam (GRE):  www.gre.org

Physical Therapy Application Service:  www.ptcas.org

American Physical Therapy Association:  www.apta.org

 

 


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