Pre-Physical Therapy

The Department of Biological Sciences offers a four-year program leading to acceptance in physical therapy programs at the University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University and Bellarmine University. Our students have also used Murray State preparation to attend Baylor, Ohio State, and the University of Illinois, just to name some of the additional schools.

Physical therapists participate in the evaluation and treatment of patients with various health problems affecting their physical responses. They receive referrals from licensed physicians and maintain contact with them. Students in the physical therapy program are required to have some experience as an aide or volunteer in addition to meeting basic course requirements.

The curricular outlines below incorporate the pre-requisite courses needed to apply to accredited Physical Therapy Schools within the state of Kentucky and other nearby states.

Suggested Curricular Outline


For First Time Freshmen (Scroll Down for Transfer Students)

Fall Year 1
Hrs.
Spring Year 1 Hrs.
BIO 100T Transitions
1
BIO 216 Biological Inquiry and Analysis 4
PSY 180 General Psychology
3
MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry (recommended) 5
BIO 115 The Cellular Basis of Life
3
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
MAT 150 Algebra and Trigonometry
5
PSY 260 Lifespan Development
3
ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing and Inquiry
4
Total
16
Total 15
Fall Year 2 Hrs. Spring Year 2 Hrs.
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Function or BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Function or
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form and Function
4
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form and Function
4
CHE 201 General College Chemistry
5
CHE 202 General College Chemistry & Quant Analysis 5
CIV 201/202 World Civilizations and Cultures I or II 3 XXX XXX Unrestricted Elective
3
PSY 300 Principals and Methods of Statistical Analysis 3 PHY 130/131 General Physics I & Lab 4
Total 15 Total
16
Fall Year 3
Hrs.
Spring Year 3
Hrs.
BIO 120 Scientific Etymology
1
BIO 220 Clinical Terminology
1
BIO 300 Microbiology
4
BIO 333 Genetics
4
BIO 321 Cell Biology: Mechanisms
3
PHY 132/133 General Physics II with Lab
4
BIO 308 Ethics in Biology
3
CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II
3
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I with Lab 5 XXX XXX Global Awareness Elective 3
Total
16
Total
15
Fall Year 4
Hrs.
Spring Year 4
Hrs.
BIO 450 Exercise Physiology
3
CHE 330 Basic Biochemistry
3
BIO 322 Animal Physiology
4
BIO 449 Senior Seminar
1
HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition
3
BIO 330 Ecology (recommended)
4
SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology
3
BIO 320 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy or
5
BIO 227/228 Human Anatomy & Lab
4
XXX XXX Electives to complete 120 hrs, 42 upper level hrs
1-2
Total
13
Total
14-15

For Transfer Students with an Associate's of Science degree

Note, this pathway follows the pre-Biology Curriculum from WKCTC. It assumes that students have taken courses that will transfer as Murray State's BIO 115, BIO 216, CHE 201, CHE 202, MAT 150 and PHY 130/131. See Murray State Transfer Equivalency Tool to help you figure out how courses transfer from your current institution.

Fall Year 1 Post AS Hrs. Spring Year 1 Post AS Hrs.
BIO 120 Scientific Etymology 1
BIO 220 Clinical Terminology
1
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form & Function 4
BIO 300 Microbiology
4
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form & Function 4
CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II
3
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 5
PSY 260 Lifespan Development
3
PSY 180 General Psychology
3 PSY 300 Principles of Statistical Analysis 3
Total 17 Total 14
Fall Year 2 Post AS Spring Year 2 Post AS
BIO 333 Genetics 4 BIO 320 Comparative Anatomy 5
BIO 322 Animal Physiology 4 BIO 450 Exercise Physiology 3
CHE 330 Basic Biochemistry 3 BIO XXX Biology Elective (300+ level) 4
SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology 3 BIO 499 Senior Seminar 1
XXX XXX Upper Level Electives 3 PHY 132/133 General Physics & Lab II 4
Total 17 Total 17

Total curriculum requirement needed to graduate: 120 hours (minimum)

NOTE: Students in the pre-physical therapy program must obtain 100-200+ hours of experience as an aid or volunteer in a physical therapy department in addition to the above requirements.

NOTE: Students applying to the University of Kentucky must also have two years of a foreign language in a secondary school as indicated on transcripts or two semesters of a foreign language in college.

NOTE: Most physical therapy programs require certification in CPR and First Aid and recommend or require that these requirements be completed before entering their program.

NOTE: Student applying to the University of Kentucky must also have two years of a foreign language in a secondary school as indicated on transcripts or two semesters of a foreign language in college.

NOTE: Most physical therapy programs require certification in CPR and First Aid and recommend or require that these requirements be completed before entering their program.

For More Information Please Contact:

Department of Biological Science
Murray State University
2112 Biology Building
Murray, KY 42071-3346
Telephone: (270) 809-2786
or

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