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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 [Archived Catalog]

Psychology Prephysical Therapy Major (B.A.)

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Special curriculum; major code BA4105

This program prepares you to apply to graduate physical therapy professional programs.

For further information about physical therapy, see the Biological Sciences - Prephysical Therapy program.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences

View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

Preparation for Physical Therapy

Ohio University offers a unique opportunity to the prospective physical therapist. Recognized for leadership in the development of preprofessional physical therapy curricula since the 1930s, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the Department of Psychology, both in the College of Arts and Sciences, work cooperatively with the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences in the College of Health Sciences and Professions.

Physical therapy programs are offered at the graduate level only. As of January 1, 2002, undergraduate physical therapy programs are no longer accredited. To be eligible for admission to most accredited professional schools of physical therapy, you must first complete the baccalaureate-level preprofessional preparatory coursework and then apply on a competitive basis to a professional school of physical therapy. If you are accepted, the professional program extends for an additional two to three years, culminating in a degree in physical therapy. The optional plans of study available will prepare you to be highly qualified for admission to most schools of physical therapy. However, some professional programs require special prerequisites—either courses or practical experience as a volunteer—before you apply for admission. It is your responsibility to check the admission requirements for programs you wish to attend and, in consultation with your academic advisor, to fulfill any special prerequisites.

Ohio University has the first entry-level doctoral program in the State of Ohio. Although a master’s degree is sufficient to sit for the national licensing examination, the profession has been making a rather rapid transition to the doctoral degree (DPT). At Ohio University, the entry-level doctoral program in the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences admits students on a competitive basis. It is a three-year program with approximately 17 quarter hours per term. A baccalaureate degree is required for admission to the program. Although a baccalaureate degree in any field is acceptable, as long as the prerequisites have been attained, the most direct routes at Ohio University are the Biological Sciences - Prephysical Therapy and Psychology - Prephysical Therapy major programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. A major in exercise physiology in the College of Health Sciences and Professions is also an option.

Application should be made in the senior year. The GRE should be taken at the beginning of the senior year in order to meet requirements for early admission status. Some volunteer experience is possible through Ohio University Therapy Associates, particularly in the course, PT 259B.

For additional information, see Biological Sciences or Psychology Prephysical Therapy majors, and “Physical Therapy” in the College of Health Sciences and Professions section. Students should consult for the most up-to-date information.

Program Requirements

Complete courses listed below, including 50 quarter hours of psychology courses.


If you are completing the B.A. in psychology prephysical therapy and plan to start college-level foreign language with a course beyond 111, you are advised to begin the foreign language in your freshman year and to complete PSY 101, PSY 221, and/or SOC 101 in the sophomore year. If you are starting foreign language with 111, begin language courses no later than the junior year.

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Recommended Courses

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