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Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): Arts and Sciences

Why Choose Pre-Physical Therapy?

The Pre-Physical Therapy program has been developed to prepare students for admission to the six professional Physical Therapy programs in Michigan. These programs are generally three years long and award a bachelor's degree after one year and a master's degree after three years. The successful candidate not only has excellent grades in preparatory course work, but also has several hundred hours of documented observational or work experience in a physical therapy setting.

The Pre-Physical Therapy program takes about three years to complete and can lead to an associate in science degree. Proper course selection during the optional fourth year can lead to a bachelor of science degree in Biology.

Career Opportunities

Physical therapists are in high demand and play a key role in helping patients gain mobility and strength after surgery or accident trauma. The future for physical therapists is very bright. With people living longer, joint replacement surgery has become very common and with it the need for compassionate and well-trained physical therapists.

Admission Requirements

First year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT reading and mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

The Pre-Physical Therapy program at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA overall and a minimum of 121 credits including completion of all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. No grade lower than a 'C-' is acceptable in courses that apply to the major, supporting sciences, and application area of the program. At least 50% of the semester credits applying toward the Biology major must be completed at FSU with a minimum of 30 FSU credits overall. Students may earn only one B.S. degree in Biology from Ferris State University.

More Information

LEAD ADVISOR: Dr. Daisy Daubert
PHONE: 231-591-2554
EMAIL:

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Kim Ducat
PHONE: 231-591-2745
EMAIL:  

PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR: Jenice Winowiecki
PHONE: 231-591-2555
EMAIL:  

Department of Biological Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2004
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2550

 

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Pre-Physical Therapy BS, Biology - Minimum 121 Credits

Biology
General Biology 1
4
General Biology 2
4
General Microbiology
3
Pathophysiology
3
Exercise Physiology
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 1
4
Human Physiology-Anatomy 2
4
Principles of Genetics
3
Current Topics in BIOL
2

Choose One:

Ecological Assessment
3
or
Environmental Conservation
3
or
Ecology
3

Biology Electives - 6 Credits
300 or higher
Choose from Biology Elective list below. 

Supporting Sciences - 29 Credits
Adv Algebra-Analytical Trig
4
General Chemistry 1
5
General Chemistry 2
5
Fund of Organic Chemistry
4
Fund of Biochemistry
3
Introductory Physics 1
4
Introductory Physics 2
4
Biology Application Area - 6 Credits
Stats for the Life Sciences
3
Orientation to Medical Vocabul
1
Responding to Emergencies
2
Electives - 20 Credits to reach minimum of 121 credits

University General Education

This degree requires completion of the General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree. Details of these requirements are delineated on the General Education website. Courses listed below as program/major required courses with the indicators: C, S, Z, R, G, may also be used to satisfy some of these general education requirements.
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
Biomedical Ethics
3
Introduction to Psychology
3
Introductory Sociology
3
Lifespan of Human Development
3
Abnormal Psychology
3
Biology Electives - Consult with Advisor
Nutrition
3
Zoology
4
Evolution
3
Ornithology
3
Entomology
3
Environmental Regulations
3
Animal Behavior
3
Medical Parasitology
3
Plants and Fungi
4
Developmental Biology
4
Cell Biology
3
Forensic DNA Analysis
3
Endocrinology
3
Neurobiology
3
Medical Botany
3
Plant Physiology
4
Molecular Genetics
4
Recombinant DNA Lab
3
Proteins
3
Proteins Laboratory
3
Advanced Cell - Molecular Biol
3
Bioinformatics
3
Adv Techniques Biotechnology
2
Biological Research
1 TO 6
Special Topics in BIOL
1 TO 4
Biology Internship
1 TO 6
Special Studies in BIOL
1 TO 4
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