Students who want to pursue a Doctorate in Physical therapy are able to complete a pre-physical therapy program at Idaho State University. Students may choose any major as long as the admission requirements for the physical therapy program of choice are taken. However, the following majors are the most common ones selected: Biology, Health Science, and PE with an Exercise Science concentration.
What courses should the pre-physical therapy student take? That is a difficult question to answer in a simple way. The reason is that there are substantial differences between the many physical therapy programs in their pre-physical requirements. It is absolutely essential that each pre-physical therapy student develop a list of physical therapy programs that he/she plans to apply to for admission and to contact to them for a list of specific pre-physical therapy requirements or obtain that information from web sites of each program ( http://www.apta.org). Competition for admission to Physical Therapy programs is sufficiently great that each student is advised to apply for admission to several physical therapy programs (we would advise about 5 programs).
Be sure to check admission requirements for each PT program for which you plan to apply. Check the American Physical Therapy Association for more information.
For more information on ISU's Doctor of Physical Therapy program visit their website here: PT at ISU
Courses Required for Entry into most Physical Therapy Programs
|BIOL 1101 & Lab||Biology I and Lab||4 credits|
|BIOL 1102 & Lab||Biology II and Lab||4 credits|
|BIOL 3301 & Lab||Anatomy and Physiology and Lab||4 credits|
|BIOL 3302 & Lab||Anatomy and Physiology and Lab||4 credits|
|CHEM 1111 & Lab||General Chemistry I and Lab||5 credits|
|CHEM 1112 & Lab||General Chemistry II and Lab||4 credits|
|MATH 1153||Introduction to Statistics||3 credits|
|PE 3301 & Lab||Physiology of Exercise and Lab||4 credits|
|PHYS 1111/1113||General Physics I and Lab||4 credits|
|PHYS 1112/1114||General Physics II and Lab||4 credits|
|PSYC 1101||Introduction to General Psychology||3 credits|
Courses Required for Entry into many Physical Therapy Programs
|PSYC 2225||Child Psychology||3 credits|
|PSYC 3301||Abnormal Psychology||3 credits|
|PSYC 3341||Social Psychology||3 credits|
As indicated earlier, each individual physical therapy program will likely have a variety of specific requirements beyond those indicated above.
In addition to the above concerns about coursework leading to acceptance into a physical therapy program, it is also essential that students get some experience working with, working for, or observing practicing physical therapists. Such experience, which should be obtained over a reasonably long time (a year or more), will demonstrate the student's interest in and knowledge of the field. It will also provide the framework within which a practicing physical therapist can provide a meaningful letter of evaluation to be eligible for admission. ISU's DPT physical therapy program requires a minimum of 80 hours of PT experience, obtained in at least two PT facilities. This experience must include a minimum of 40 hours in each of those two facilities.