Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Physical Therapy Advisement Track

Dual-advising is available to assist students with timely completion of both the primary major coursework and the Pre-Health advisement track coursework as of the date of their matriculation at SUNY Oneonta.

  • Students must declare a primary major and are encouraged to declare their intended Pre-Health Concentration for effective advisement.
  • Consultation with advisors for the primary major and Pre-Health concentration should begin at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta.

Students can review their individual degree progress via DegreeWorks.

  • The Primary Major Faculty Advisor assists with selection of courses for the Primary Major Requirements.
  • The Pre-Health Advisement Track Advisor guides the student through the Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration, listed below.

Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration

  • Satisfies the course requirements for admission at most United States physical therapy schools.
  • Additional elective courses are recommended but not required, and can vary depending on the school.
  • Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog for descriptions of courses, course prerequisites, and time of year when courses are offered, in order to plan properly in advance
  • Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools to which they intend to apply.
Fall 2020 and Later Matriculants Total: 47-50 sh
BIOL 130, 131, 133, 201, 205-206 19 sh
CHEM 111-112 8 sh
PHYS 103-104 8 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
PSYC 100 and PSYC 240 and/or PSYC 246 *(Lifespan Development is the preferred developmental psychology course at most DPT schools) 6-9 sh
STAT 101 3 sh

 

2019 and earlier Matriculants  
BIOL 180, 181, 201, 205-206 20 sh
CHEM 111-112 8 sh
PHYS 103-104 8 sh
COMP 100 3 sh
PSYC 100 and PSYC 240 and/or PSYC 246 *(Lifespan development is the preferred developmental psychology course at most DPT schools) 6-9 sh
STAT 101 3 sh

Suggested Course Sequencing

The recommended course sequence is based on a 4-year undergraduate course plan, a student graduating in 4-years, the student taking the GRE after the 3rd year of college coursework, and applying to physical therapy school prior to starting the 4th year of undergraduate studies.

Many Pre-Physical Therapy students are choosing to take at least one year after they graduate SUNY Oneonta to work in healthcare or pursue other academically or intellectually enriching experiences after they graduate.

In fact, across the United States many first-time applicants to physical therapy school apply after their senior year or later. Having a “Growth Year” between undergraduate studies and beginning physical therapy school is often beneficial for applicants and does not hurt your chances of admission as long as you continue to strengthen your application. It allows time to gain additional life experiences, continue volunteering or pursue non-academic interests.

If a student wishes to take a "growth year," or takes a different undergraduate path, students will need to adjust the course sequence plan accordingly, based on their personal planning needs. Individual student plans may vary depending on when the student hopes to enter dental school and what major is chosen, therefore each student should work with their Primary Major Advisor and their Pre-Health Concentration Advisor to establish their own personalized schedule.

Year One Courses and Study Hours

FALL COURSEWORK

Credit Hours

SPRING COURSEWORK

Credit Hours
BIOL 180 (Biology I) or BIOL 130 & 133 4 sh BIOL 181 (Biology II) or BIOL 131 3 or 4 sh
CHEM 111 (General Chemistry I) 4 sh CHEM 112 (General Chemistry II) 4 sh
COMP 100 (Composition) 3 sh *MATH 105 (as advised) or other course 3 sh
PSYC 100   PSYC 240 or PSYC 246 3 sh
Year Two Courses and Study Hours

FALL COURSEWORK

Credit Hours

SPRING COURSEWORK

Credit Hours
BIOL 205 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I) 4 sh BIOL 206 (Human Anatomy & Physiology II) 4 sh
BIOL 201 (Cell & Molec. Biology) 4 sh PSYC 240 or PSYC 246 3 sh
STAT 101 (Intro to Statistics) 4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective or Gen Ed 1-4 sh
Year Three Courses and Study Hours

FALL COURSEWORK

Credit Hours

SPRING COURSEWORK

Credit Hours
PHYS 103 (Gen. Physics I) 4 sh PHYS 104 (Gen. Physics II) 4 sh
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective up to 12 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective up to 12 sh
YEAR 4 * additional experiences to enhance undergraduate experience*

FALL COURSEWORK

Credit Hours

SPRING COURSEWORK

Credit Hours
upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh upper division courses or research or immersion experience or elective 12-16 sh

Centralized Application Service

  • Application to physical therapy school is made through the centralized application PTCAS.
  • Acceptance rates: 43.5% of SUNY Oneonta Pre-Physical Therapy students who applied for entry into a DPT program for Fall 2016 were accepted (PTCAS data, 2015-2016 Advisor Report). Schools students are attending include Boston University, New York Medical College, The SAGE Colleges, SUNY Upstate Medical Center and Stony Brook University, among others.

Entrance Exams and Requirements

Applicants to physical therapy schools are evaluated on:

    Pre-Physical Therapy questions should be directed to Tami LaPilusa, M.S., Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator
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