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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Psychology Prephysical Therapy Major (B.A.)


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Major code BA4105

College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology Department
Porter Hall 200
Athens, OH 45701
Phone 740.593.1707
Fax 740.593.0579
psychology@ohio.edu
http://www.ohio.edu/psychology/

Susan Tice-Alicke, contact person
 

Program Overview

Ohio University offers a unique opportunity to the prospective physical therapist. Recognized for leadership in the development of preprofessional physical therapy curricula since the 1930s, the Biological Sciences Department and the Psychology Department work cooperatively with the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences. The psychology prephysical therapy major (B.A.) provides students with a comprehensive understanding of psychology while providing students who want to become physical therapists with the necessary prerequisities to apply to physical therapy professional programs.
 

Admission  Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.
 

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates with a degree in psychology prephysical therapy are equipped with the necessary skills and academic knowledge to pursue a doctoral program in physical therapy. If students choose to pursue a career upon graduation, they are equipped for a diverse array of careers due to their academic program’s emphasis on communication and critical and analytical thinking. Career opportunities range from work in the human services sector, such as counseling, crisis work, and performance enhancement; work in research, from social and market research to experimental psychology; and even work in the business sector, with positions in sales, public relations, and customer service. Potential employers of psychology graduates include, but are not limited to, the following: hospitals and healthcare providers; institutions of higher education; rehabilitation facilities; local, state, and national government agencies; social services and non-profit agencies; public and private K-12 schools; research organizations; service providers; etc.

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Requirements

Universitywide Graduation Requirements


To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement


View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

Preparation for Physical Therapy


Ohio University offers a unique opportunity to the prospective physical therapist. Recognized for leadership in the development of preprofessional physical therapy curricula since the 1930s, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the Department of Psychology, both in the College of Arts and Sciences, work cooperatively with the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences in the College of Health Sciences and Professions.

Physical therapy programs are offered at the graduate level only. As of January 1, 2002, undergraduate physical therapy programs are no longer accredited. To be eligible for admission to most accredited professional schools of physical therapy, you must first complete the baccalaureate-level preprofessional preparatory coursework and then apply on a competitive basis to a professional school of physical therapy. If you are accepted, the professional program extends for an additional two to three years, culminating in a degree in physical therapy. The optional plans of study available will prepare you to be highly qualified for admission to most schools of physical therapy. However, some professional programs require special prerequisites—either courses or practical experience as a volunteer—before you apply for admission. It is your responsibility to check the admission requirements for programs you wish to attend and, in consultation with your academic advisor, to fulfill any special prerequisites.

Ohio University has the first entry-level doctoral program in the state of Ohio. Although a master’s degree is sufficient to sit for the national licensing examination, the profession has been making a rather rapid transition to the doctoral degree (DPT). At Ohio University, the entry-level doctoral three-year program in physical therapy admits students on a competitive basis. A baccalaureate degree is required for admission to the program. Although a baccalaureate degree in any field is acceptable, as long as the prerequisites have been attained, the most direct routes at Ohio University are the Biological Sciences—Prephysical Therapy  or Psychology—Prephysical Therapy  major in the College of Arts and Sciences. A major in exercise physiology  in the College of Health Sciences and Professions  is also an option.

Application to graduate school should be made in the senior year. The GRE should be taken at the beginning of the senior year, in order to meet requirements for early admission status. Some volunteer experience is possible through Ohio University Therapy Associates.

For additional information, see the Biological Sciences—Prephysical Therapy  or Psychology—Prephysical Therapy  majors in the catalog, and “Physical Therapy” in the College of Health Sciences and Professions  section. Students should consult the Web page (www.ohio.edu/chsp/rcs/pt/) for the most up-to-date information.

Psychology Core Requirements


Complete the following courses for a minimum of 35 hours with PSY prefix:

Addition Psychology Core Requirements


Complete three psychology courses at the 3000-level or higher (excluding PSY 3910, 3920, 3940, 3970T, 3980T, 4930, 4970H, 4970T, 4980H, 4980T, and 4990H).

Complete one of the following MATH courses:


Complete one of the following PHIL courses:


Complete one of the following options:


Option 1: Biological Sciences


Complete the following courses:

Option 2: Exercise Physiology


Complete the following courses:

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