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Health Science: Pre-Physical Therapy

Johnson State College - Johnson, VT

Bachelor of Science (BS)

The demand for physical therapists is skyrocketing. It is a rewarding and secure career option that requires advanced course and lab work in the sciences, as well as an advanced degree — a doctorate, or master’s at a minimum. Pre-Physical Therapy is a concentration in the B.S. in Health Sciences. It is a highly rigorous program designed to prepare graduates for admission to doctorate of physical therapy (D.P.T.) programs. In addition, this intensive, science-packed program paves the way for chiropractic and physician-assistant graduate study. Courses include chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, biology, psychology and statistics, and an internship under the supervision of a physical therapist, chiropractor or physician assistant is required. While the work is demanding, JSC’s small classes, state-of-the-art lab facilities and student-centered faculty support your success. You'll take a wide range of demanding science and psychology courses and graduate prepared to apply for admittance into D.P.T. programs in physical therapy and graduate programs in chiropractic medicine, physician-assistance and other allied health fields.

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