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Physical Therapy

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Improve Quality of Life—Prepare for a Career in Physical Therapy

Georgian Court University’s pre-physical therapy program—a track within the exercise science, wellness, and sports major—can help you get moving toward an exciting career in health and fitness. You will learn to evaluate health behaviors and risk factors, motivate others to develop healthy lifestyles, and develop wellness programs.

The B.S. in Exercise Science, Wellness, and Sports and its pre-physical therapy track prepares you to improve lives and help others make the most of their health. In addition to exercise science requirements, you will explore psychology and psychopathology and take advantage of research opportunities.

You can also take additional classes to prepare for graduate school. Georgian Court is a partner with University of the Sciences in Philadelphia for its Doctoral in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program. The partnership offers two slots each year to GCU students who qualify for the highly competitive doctoral program.

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"As a small school, they knew me by face and name. I built a team behind me and was well prepared for graduate school. I wouldn’t experience what I did at GCU anywhere else.”
Georgian Court University Physical Therapy Student Nijiera Addison
Nijiera Addison ’19
Physical Therapy

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Program Information

Pre-Physical Therapy Track

In addition to the required courses for the exercise science concentration in the exercise science, wellness, and sports major, students must take:

Course List
MA115 Calculus I4
Select one of the following sequences:
– PH115 & PH116 College Physics I and College Physics II
– PH121 & PH122 University Physics I and University Physics II
8
PS111 Introduction to Psychology
or PS113 Foundations of Psychology
3
PS223 Psychopathology3
Select one of the following:
– BI204 Genetics & Evolution
– BI219 Microbiology
– BI407 Neurobiology
4
Total Credits22
The chemistry requirement must be fulfilled by CH113 General Chemistry I and CH114 General Chemistry II and the biology requirement by BI121 Cellular Organiz., Energetics & Function.

Pre-Physical Therapy Track, University Of The Sciences (Philadelphia)

USciences shall annually accept at least two GCU students who successfully meet all criteria for admission to the D.P.T. program. USciences will determine which students who meet the criteria for admission are accepted into its D.P.T. program. In addition to the required courses for the exercise science concentration in the major, students must take:

Course List
BI203 Experimental Design & Statistics
or MA103 Introduction to Statistical Thinking
3
BI204 Genetics & Evolution4
MA115 Calculus I 14
PH115 & PH116 College Physics I and College Physics II8
PS111 Introduction to Psychology
or PS113 Foundations of Psychology
3
SO101 Principles of Sociology3
Social science coursework 26
EN111 Academic Writing and Research I
or EN221 Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research
3
Additional English course3
Total Credits37
1 Or MA110 Precalculus and either MA109 College Algebra, MA209 Linear Algebra, or MA210 Discrete Mathematics
2 At least 3 credits is in psychology, in addition to PS111 Introduction to Psychology or PS113 Foundations of Psychology

The chemistry requirement must be fulfilled by CH113 General Chemistry I; CH114 General Chemistry II and the biology requirement by BI121 Cellular Organiz., Energetics & Function. HRP200 Medical Terminology is recommended. Students must declare their intent to apply to the University of the Sciences through the GCU partnership agreement no later than one year prior to the summer start date of the D.P.T. program at USciences. For more information, talk to your academic advisor.

Vincent Chen

Chen, Vincent

Assistant Professor
School of Arts & Sciences
Wellness Center (529)
vchen@georgian.edu
732-987-2494

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Sachiko Komagata

Komagata, Sachiko

Associate Professor
School of Arts & Sciences
Wellness Center (527)
skomagata@georgian.edu
732-987-2663

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Michael Wortley

Wortley, Michael

Associate Professor
Hackensack Meridian Health School of Nursing and Wellness at GCU
Wellness Center (529)
mwortley@georgian.edu
732-987-2475

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First-Year Students

Submit:

  • Completed application.
  • Official high school transcript.
  • Required two letters of recommendation.
  • Required essay.

Please apply via the Common App.

Transfer Students

Submit:

  • Completed application.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities.
  • Students with fewer than 24 credits must also submit their high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores.

Please apply via the Common App.

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