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.

Physical Therapy Occupational Outlook from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

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
Mathematics College Algebra
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