The Pre-Physical Therapy program is one of HBU’s Health Professions Programs. It is designed to help prepare you to apply to physical therapy schools. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) website provides students with a list of accredited physical therapy programs in Texas that offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Each school has their own set of prerequisite courses, and students can fulfill these prerequisites at HBU in our pre-physical therapy program. The following courses are often required by physical therapy schools. Students should check with physical therapy schools for their exact requirements.
- Biology (BIOL 2454, 2455)
- General Physiology and Advanced Anatomy (BIOL 3454, 3456)
- General Chemistry (CHEM 2415, 2416)
- Physics (PHYS 1416, 1417)
- Statistics (PSYC 2301 OR MATH 3304)
- Math (MATH 1434,1451)
- Psychology (PSYC 1313, 2364,3313)
- Sociology (SOCI 1313)
- Oral Communication (COMM 1323),
- Medical Terminology (BIOL 2281)
- English (ENGL 1320, 1330)
- Technical Writing
Please be aware that pre-physical therapy is not a major. You should select a major based on your area of interest, but science majors are recommended in order to satisfy many of the prerequisite courses while you pursue your HBU degree. Biochemistry-Molecular Biology, Biology or Chemistry majors are especially compatible with the above designated courses and are recommended by the Health Professions Office. Additional elective courses, beyond those needed for graduation, may be necessary to complete all the pre-medical prerequisites so that students are ready to apply to medical schools.
Email the Health Professions Office for advising and questions on selecting majors, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, community service and clinical experience by e-mail or by making an appointment.
Meet with other Pre-Health Profession Students
HBU has a student group for all students interested in a career in pre-therapy. Dr. Avin Brownlee sponsors Pre-Therapy (PT/OT) Student Association (PTSA). They meet monthly and students will enjoy learning more about pre-physical and pre-occupational therapy. You can meet monthly with other students who share your interest in pre-therapy. Please contact Dr. Brownlee for more information.
Here are some of the places you can find HBU Huskies
University of Texas, San Antonio
Texas Woman’s University
Hardin Simmons University
“I applied to HBU hoping that I would become prepared to get into a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. My expectations were exceeded by receiving a great preparation in academics and in faith. During my freshman year at HBU, my Health Professions Program advisor gave me a layout of the prerequisites for all the schools in Texas. This layout kept me focused when choosing my classes. Once I was ready for interviews, my advisor helped me with multiple mock interviews which boosted my confidence. I am so thankful for HBU being my foundation in undergraduate studies to start my journey in becoming a physical therapist.”
Dulce Flores, Hardin Simmons University