Academic Catalog

Physical Therapy Concentration (B.H.S.)

Office: 2248 EACPHS; 313-577-1432
Director: Kristina Reid, Physical Therapy Program

Physical Therapists provide services to patients/clients who have impairments of body function and structure, activity limitations, and participation restrictions or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes. Physical therapists collaborate with a variety of professionals, address risk factors to health, are leaders and providers in the areas of prevention and promoting health, wellness and fitness, serve as educators, consultants, administrators, and advocates, utilize critical inquiry skills and direct and supervise the provision of physical therapy services. Physical Therapy services include examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention primarily for individuals with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiopulmonary, and/or integumentary conditions. Physical therapists practice in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practice, schools, academia, home care, industrial clinics, sports clinics, rehabilitation centers, and health and wellness programs. Students interested in the physical therapy profession should also visit the American Physical Therapy Association website.

The physical therapy curriculum at Wayne State University is a professional degree program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. The entire program involves a pre-professional component: ninety credits of undergraduate course work; a first year of physical therapy courses taken under qualified graduate status; and the final two and one half years of Physical Therapy courses taken under regular graduate status. Only those portions of the program that may be completed during the first four years of what is usually construed as an undergraduate matriculation are presented in this Bulletin. The balance of the program is presented in the Graduate Bulletin.

The program of study in physical therapy is accredited by the:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program
Attn: Accreditation Dept.
1111 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria VA 22314-1488

Graduates who receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree are eligible to take the national physical therapy licensure examination and the Canadian licensure examination and for active membership in the American Physical Therapy Association.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree program is required to complete the B.H.S. physical therapy concentration requirements. Admission to the D.P.T. program is highly competitive and requires completion of the pre-professional program with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and a minimum C (2.0) grade in each prerequisite course. Students should refer to the Graduate Bulletin for all admission and course requirements for the D.P.T. degree.

Program Requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Student may NOT apply to or earn the Bachelor of Health Science with a concentration in physical therapy degree retroactively or after a subsequent higher level degree has been conferred.

The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has established a combined undergraduate and graduate program in Physical Therapy. Qualified senior students may enroll simultaneously in the undergraduate Bachelor of Health Science with concentration in physical therapy degree program and the graduate Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree program and apply a maximum of thirty credits toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree. Those who elect the combined program may expect to complete the B.H.S. physical therapy concentration and the D.P.T. degrees in 6.5 years of full-time study.

Degree Requirements

All course work for the B.H.S. physical therapy concentration must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees. Students will need to complete one hundred and twenty credits with a g.p.a. of 2.0 or better, including courses taken that apply to the concentration. Students who have successfully completed at least 30 credits at Wayne State University are eligible.

Course Requirements

Science Prerequisite Courses
BIO 1510
BIO 1511
Basic Life Mechanisms
and Basic Life Mechanisms Laboratory
BIO 2870Anatomy and Physiology5
Three credits of Biology at the 3000-level or higher (waived for students with a prior bachelor's degree)3
PHY 2130Physics for the Life Sciences I4
PHY 2131Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory1
PHY 2140Physics for the Life Sciences II4
PHY 2141Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory1
Two chemistry courses with at least one lab, as long as topics do not overlap (options for chemistry courses listed below)8-10
Survey of General Chemistry
Survey of Organic/Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
Non-Science Prerequisite Courses
ENG 1020Introductory College Writing3
PSY 1010Introductory Psychology4
or PSY 1020 Elements of Psychology
STA 1020Elementary Statistics3
6 additional credits in upper division (3000 level +) courses concentrated in one area6
General Education Requirements (waived for students with a prior bachelor's degree)
Civic Literacy (CIV)
Cultural Inquiry (CI)
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
Global Learning (GL)
Intermediate Composition (IC)
Oral Communication (OC)
Social Inquiry (SI)
Wayne Experience (WE)
To reach 90 credits0-22
B.H.S. Physical Therapy Concentration Courses
Select up to 30 credits of the following:30
Clinical Applications I
Foundations of Physical Therapy
Basic Patient Care in Physical Therapy
Human Growth and Development
Surface Anatomy
Basic Examination and Evaluation Procedures
Neurosciences for Health Care Professionals
Clinical Medicine I
Clinical Medicine II
Kinesiology and Biomechanics
Clinical Applications of Human Anatomy
Clinical Applications of Human Anatomy: Laboratory
Pathophysiology for Health Sciences
Research I: Critical Thinking
Advanced Exercise Physiology
Motor Learning and Motor Control

Honors Designation

Students enrolled in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College while completing the pre-concentration requirements will be eligible for the Honors distinction with the B.H.S. degree if all requirements set forth by the Honors College have been met.

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