Physical Therapy Program within the Biology Degree

A Physical Therapy program at Iowa Wesleyan University prepares students for entry into a graduate program approved by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Students seeking a Physical Therapy program will earn a biology degree that provides a foundation in the study of living organisms — a field that offers a variety of options for graduates. Careers in biology often require research, communication, teamwork, time management, and computer skills. A biology major at Iowa Wesleyan combines scientific and research abilities with critical thinking and communication skills.

To be a licensed physical therapist, one must complete a physical therapy program that is approved by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), pass a licensing examination, and comply with the legal requirements of the state in which one expects to practice. It is suggested that prospective physical therapy students contact the Iowa Wesleyan physical therapy bachelor’s degree coordinator, or the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, for the latest listing of approved programs. Contacting the professional schools of their choice to become aware of admissions requirements is also recommended.

Physical Therapy Program Concentration Requirements:

Required Courses
Complete all of the following

  • BIO 241 & 242 Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • BIO 345 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIO 379 Integrative Evolutionary Physiology
  • PHYS 210 General Physics I
  • PHYS 220 General Physics II
  • PE 352 Kinesiology
  • PE 484 Physiology of Exercise
  • PSYC 131 General Psychology
  • PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 210 Introduction to Sport Psychology OR
  • PE 356 Principles of Physical Assessment

Biology Requirements:

  • All concentrations are required to complete the core biology classes
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