Pre-Physical Therapy

Introduction

Students interested in a career in Physical Therapy have the option of pursuing any major along with completing specific prerequisites. Physical Therapy schools typically require a minimum of 90 credit hours be completed at the undergraduate level and many prefer the bachelor degree be completed. Students must gain a thorough understanding of the profession through a range of shadowing experiences and earn a competitive score on the GRE. Students should work with the Pre-Med Advisor beginning in the first college year to select appropriate coursework based on their schools of interest, and co-curricular experiences. In addition to the information in this section, please check the general information at the pre-medical and pre-health section of the catalog.

EARLY ASSURANCE PROGRAMS

Canisius College students may apply to Early Assurance programs (4+3) such as the State University of New York Upstate Medical University (Syracuse, NY). Students apply to the Upstate program at the time they apply to Canisius from high school or during the sophomore year at Canisius.

Recommended Pre-Physical Therapy Courses

Academic admission requirements vary by school, but usually include the following courses:

English

One year of English composition (students who entered Canisius prior to fall 2018 may use FYS 101 and ENG 101).

Select one of the following:
Option 1:
ENG 111Academic Writing3
ENG 112Writing about Literature3
Option 2:
HON 101Honors English3
and an Honors Literature course3

Biology

At least one year of general biology and one year of anatomy/physiology with laboratories:

General Biology
BIO 111
111L
Introductory Biology I
and Introductory Biology Laboratory I
4
BIO 112
112L
Introductory Biology II
and Introductory Biology Laboratory II
4
Anatomy/Physiology
Select one of the following:
Option 1 (Non Biology majors):
BIO 114
114L
Human Biology: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
and Human Biology: Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
4
BIO 115
115L
Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology
and Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
4
Option 2 (Biology majors):
BIO 324
324L
Human Anatomy
and Human Anatomy Lab
4
BIO 340
340L
Physiology
and Physiology Laboratory
4

Chemistry

One year of general chemistry with laboratory:

CHM 111
111L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
4
CHM 112
112L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
4

Physics

One year of introductory physics with laboratory:

College Physics I
and University Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and University Physics II Laboratory

Mathematics

One semester of statistics is required and one semester of calculus is recommended. Chemistry majors must take MAT 141

Statistics
PSY 201Basic Statistics for Behavioral Sciences3 or 4
or MAT 141 Inferential Statistics and Computers for Science
One calculus course is recommended
MAT 111Calculus I 14

Psychology

One semester of psychology. (Note that some schools require additional course in psychology such as PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 303. Students work with the PreMed Advisor to plan for any additional courses.)

PSY 203Lifespan Developmental Psychology3

Additional Pre-Physical Therapy Course Suggestions

Exercise Science

Courses in Kinesiology (KIN 235), Exercise Physiology (KIN 336, KIN 336L),  and Medical Terminology (HRP 111) are helpful.

Social Science and Humanities

Students should select challenging courses in areas such as philosophy, ethics, literature, behavioral and social sciences, etc. to help develop strong critical analysis and reading skills. Sociology (SOC 110) is recommended.

Elective Courses

HRP 101 allows students to explore different health professions.

HRP 201 and HRP 202 allow students to explore areas of medicine in more depth.

HRP 498 is an internship in medical informatics.