Pre-Physical Therapy

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

The associate of arts degree in pre-physical therapy program provides the majority of prerequisite courses required for admission into the Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) program in the School of Medicine at West Virginia University. Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree before admission into the DPT program.  The pre-physical therapy program also offers the majority of courses for the first two years of the bachelor degree in exercise physiology, which is the most common degree for applicants applying to the DPT program.

The pre-physical therapy program provides a foundation in biology, math, physics, physiology, and psychology required for admission into and success in the exercise physiology program and then the DPT program at WVU School of Medicine. Students planning to apply to other physical therapy programs should determine admission requirements and transfer equivalencies for the courses offered at Potomac State College and the institution they plan to attend.

Career Opportunities

Physical therapist determine patients' physical condition and symptoms, develop treatment plans, teach proper exercise techniques (for clinic and home), use equipment and devices to assist patients and perform other duties in private practice, rehabilitation centers, sports facilities and other health care agencies.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Elective Requirements (5, 6, or 7)3
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
College Algebra 3-Day
MATH 128Plane Trigonometry3
or MATH 129 Pre-Calculus Mathematics
or MATH 150 Applied Calculus
or MATH 155 Calculus 1
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference3
ATTR 121Sport Injury Control and Management3
BIOL 101
BIOL 103
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 2)
BIOL 102
BIOL 104
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
HN&F 171Introduction to Human Nutrition3
PHYS 101Introductory Physics4
PHYS 102Introductory Physics4
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)3
PSIO 241Elementary Physiology4
PSYC 241Introduction to Human Development3
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
BIOL 101
BIOL 103 (GEF 2)
4BIOL 102
BIOL 104
PSYC 1013MATH 128, 129, 150, or 1553
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3PSYC 2413
 ATTR 1213
WVUE 1911 
 14 16
Second Year
PHYS 101 (GEF 8)4PHYS 1024
PSIO 2414CHEM 1164
CHEM 1154HN&F 1713
STAT 2113GEF (5, 6, or 7)3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

pre-physical therapy

Upon completion of the associates in pre-physical therapy program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe general biological concepts including cell structure and function, physiology and genetics.
  2. Relate and apply mathematical and physics concepts to how the body moves and functions.
  3. Use chemical principles and laboratory techniques to describe and analyze the chemical structure.  
  4. Transfer into a bachelor degree program in exercise physiology.