Program IN Pre-Physical Therapy

College of Arts and Sciences

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Personal Academic Advising to Prepare You for a Career in Physical Therapy

To be successful in a career in physical therapy, you need to care about people and connect with them on a personal level. Strong classes in STEM--science, technology, engineering, and math--combined with a liberal arts education best prepare our students for a successful career in a health care profession, such as physical therapy. We invite you to explore how we can share your journey and prepare you for a successful career in health care. 

How will the Pre-Physical Therapy Program prepare me? 

At Queens, you will get a personal academic advisor who will guide you throughout your time at Queens. They will ensure you take all the classes you need to in order to fulfill your pre-physical therapy requirements, regardless of what major you take. That matters because you can take any major at Queens along with your concentration in pre-physical therapy.

You study what you want, whether it’s because you find it the most interesting or if it’s because you think it will best prepare you for your career. The liberal arts education Queens offers guarantees you will be well-rounded enough to succeed in your profession. International travel and internship opportunities that Queens provides completes an experience that can't be replicated elsewhere.

“[Queens Professors] helped me make connections between the physical and psychological world: connections which I use while aiding my patients to recovery.” Megan Smith O'Brien ’11, Physical Therapist and Psychology Major

Required Courses

Standardized Exam required for admission: GRE  
Resource for national standards:   American Physical Therapy Association

BIO 213 Anatomy & Physiology I

BIO 214 Anatomy & Physiology II

Many programs require 1-2 biology courses beyond the anatomy and physiology sequence.  Some suggestions include:

BIO 201 Cellular and Molecular Foundations

BIO 120 Microbiology for Health Professionals or BIO 330 Microbiology

BIO 303 Genetics

CHM 111, 111L Chemistry Principles I & Lab

CHM 112, 112L Chemistry Principles II & Lab

MAT 130 Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences or ENV Data Analysis for Natural Sciences or other statistics course

PHY 201 College Physics I

PHY 202 College Physics II

PSY 101 General Psychology

Total: 40-44 Hrs

Recommended Courses

Social Science Courses and Other Courses:

Note that some physical therapy programs require three psychology courses and may recommend a sociology course.
PHL 310 Biomedical Ethics
PSY 210 Developmental Psychology 
PSY 271 Abnormal Psychology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

Kinesiology Courses:

KIN 314 Exercise and Sport Physiology


Consider starting Spanish or continuing it from high school to increase your ability to work with Spanish-speaking patients as this skill will be valuable with demographic trends in the United States.

Contact us:

Dr. Patricia Koplas, PhD, PT 
Pre-Health and Pre-Vet Advisor


Note: Physical therapy programs vary for their requirements.  Be sure to check all programs you are considering applying to early during your undergraduate career for specific pre-requisites needed to apply to that school's program. The information for this list was compiled from the 2015-2016. 

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