Bachelor of Science in Biology: Pre-Physical Therapy (Pre-PT)

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Physical Therapy (Pre-PT)

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Become a Physical Therapist by starting with a degree in Biology

Mercy College's Pre-Physical Therapy (Pre-PT) track is one segment of the Bachelor of Science in Biology program. Pre-PT students gain the educational foundation for graduate school and a future career as a physical therapist. Physical therapists (PTs) are movement experts who optimize the quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education. PTs teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits.

Students who wish to pursue a physical therapy career will go to graduate school after finishing their Bachelor of Science in Biology degree with the PT track. In graduate school, students would pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy or Doctor of Physiotherapy (DPT). This is normally a three-year, nine-semester program. The Mercy College Biology program provides the specific course work required for preparation for PT school. Undergraduate students should earn a science and overall grade point average of 3.2-3.5 at Mercy College for entrance to PT school in order to be competitive in graduate applications.

I believe that the purpose of education is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills required for lifelong learning.

I enjoy helping students develop problem-solving skills that they will be able to apply outside the classroom.”

Lakshmi Dalwalla PhD, Associate Professor, Mathematics

The Biology program's flexible design supports each student's individual career goals. The curriculum incorporates courses covering a range of maths and sciences. In each course, expect personal attention and 1:1 support from experienced faculty.

Career Outlook

Employment Growth

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook: Employment of Physical Therapists is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy will come from the aging baby boomers, who are not only staying active later in life, but are more susceptible to health conditions, such as strokes, that may require physical therapy. In addition, physical therapists will be needed to treat people with mobility issues stemming from chronic conditions, such as diabetes or obesity.

Salary Range

2018 Median Salary for Physical Therapists was $87,930

Admission Requirements

Any Mercy College student in good standing can declare a biology major. High school science courses (Biology and Chemistry with a lab) or their college equivalents, must be taken within the past seven years with a “C” or better prior to the first semester. For a student to progress to semester III of the program, the mathematics pre-requisites must be met. (High school courses or their college equivalents within the past seven years with a "C" or better include Algebra I; Algebra II and Trigonometry or Pre- Calculus or an integrated sequence of advanced math courses (Statistics, Business Math, and/or computer courses will not fulfill this requirement). All program courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better; a grade of “B” or higher preferred, to progress through the program and for graduation.

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Professional Organizations

  • External LinkAmerican Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

    Building a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society.

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  • External LinkPhysical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS)

    The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) is a service of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). PTCAS allows applicants to use a single application and one set of materials to apply to multiple DPT programs.

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