Physical Therapists work with people who have a temporary or permanent disability or pain due to injury, disease, old age, accident, or birth injury.
Physical Therapists (PT):
- Develop and deliver appropriate treatment programs for pain relief
- Prevention of deformity
- Improvement of strength
- Development of coordination and increase in functional ability
Treatment may involve exercise, in conjunction with the application of heat, cold, water, electricity, ultrasound, traction and/or massage. Their work is often closely coordinated with that of the occupational therapist, because both fields involve training patients to improve their motor abilities.
CSU does not have a Physical Therapist Professional program. Health Professions Advisors work with any CSU student interested in pursuing a PT program.
CSU Recommended Coursework
|These courses are provided as GENERAL pre-requisites and may not represent a complete list of requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to check with each professional school in order to determine specific pre-requisites courses and equivalencies for each institution.|
|Requirement||Recommended CSU Course(s)|
|General Biology (2 semesters w/ labs)||LIFE 102 and one other lab-based biology course|
|General Chemistry (2 semesters w/ labs)||CHEM 111/112 and CHEM 113/114|
|General Physics (2 semesters w/ labs)||PH 121 and PH 122 or PH 141 and PH 142|
|Human Anatomy (1 semester w/ lab)||BMS 301|
|Physiology (1 semester w/ lab)||BMS 300/302 or BMS 360/302|
|Psychology (2 or 3 semesters)||PSY 100 and PSY 260 or PSY 320|
|English Composition (2 semesters)||CO 150 and CO 300/301 or JTC 300/01|
|Statistics (1 semester)||EHRS 307, STAT 301, or STAT 307|
|Highly recommended||BMS 325, CO 300/301, HES 207,
HES 307, HES 403, SPCM 200
Programs and Preparation
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The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is typically required.