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)

Course Credit Hours
Fall Year 1
16 total hours
BIO 100T Transitions 1
PSY 180 General Psychology 3
BIO 115 The Cellular Basis of Life 3
MAT 150 Algebra and Trigonometry 5
ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing and Inquiry 4
   
Spring Year 1 15 total hours
BIO 216 Biological Inquiry and Analysis 4
MAT 250 Calculus and Analytic Geometry (recommended) 5
COM 161 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
PSY 260 Lifespan Development 3
   
Fall Year 2 15 total hours
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Function or BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form and Function 4
CHE 201 General College Chemistry 5
CIV 201/202 World Civilizations and Cultures I or II 3
PSY 300 Principals and Methods of Statistical Analysis 3
   
Spring Year 2 16 total hours
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Function or BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form and Function 4
CHE 202 General College Chemistry & Quantitative Analysis 5
XXX XXX Unrestricted Elective 3
PHY 130/131 General Physics I & Lab 4
   
Fall Year 3 15-17 total hours
BIO 120 Scientific Etymology 1
BIO 300 Microbiology or BIO 321 Cell Biology: Mechanisms 3-4
BIO 308 Ethics in Biology 3
CHE 312 Organic Chemistry I with Lab 5
XXX XXX Unrestricted Elective 3-4
   
Spring Year 3 15 total hours
BIO 220 Clinical Terminology 1
BIO 333 Genetics 4
PHY 132/133 General Physics II with Lab 4
CHE 320 Organic Chemistry II 3
XXX XXX Global Awareness Elective 3
   
Fall Year 4 13 total hours
BIO 450 Exercise Physiology 3
BIO 322 Animal Physiology 4
HUM 211 The Western Humanities Tradition 3
SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology 3
   
Spring Year 4 11-13 total hours
CHE 330 Basic Biochemistry 3
BIO 499 Senior Seminar 1
BIO 227/228 Human Anatomy & Lab or BIO 320 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy 4-5
XXX XXX Electives to complete 120 hrs, 42 upper level hrs 3-4

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.

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

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:

Dr. Terry Derting
Department of Biological Sciences
2112 Biology Building
Murray, KY  42071
tderting@murraystate.edu
270.809.2786

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