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Courses for a Degree in Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy focuses on reducing pain and treating injuries to joints and muscles using tools such as movement and exercise.

For this major you’ll take lots of physical therapy classes. But you’ll also need to take classes in the arts, science, math, and social sciences to earn your bachelor’s degree. These extra courses help make sure that you graduate from college with all of the skills you’ll need to prepare for a successful career as a physical therapist.

Here are some of the courses you might take to earn a degree in physical therapy:

Physical Therapy Courses:

  • Foundations of Physical Therapy
  • Principles of General Chemistry
  • Biology for Health Sciences
  • Human Anatomy
  • Neuroscience
  • Examination and Evaluation
  • Pharmacology in Physical Therapy Practice
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics of Human Movement
  • Health Promotion and Wellness
  • Medical Terminology
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Human Behavior
  • Management of Patients Throughout the Lifespan
  • Electrophysical Agents
  • Clinical Management of the Complex Patient

General Curriculum Requirements

  • Arts Courses: Art, History, Languages, Literature, Music
  • Math Courses: Algebra, Calculus, Computer Science, Logic, Statistics
  • Natural Sciences Courses: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics
  • Social Sciences Courses: Anthropology, Economics, Government, Psychology, Sociology