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.
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.
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.
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 degree in Biology (either B.S. or B.A.) from Ferris State University.
Department of Biology
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 2004
Big Rapids, MI 49307