Pre-Physical Therapy

Bachelor of Science

Physical therapists help their clients restore, maintain and promote optimal health, so they can live active lives. Optimal physical function is important at all stages of life and drives the growing need for physical therapists.

Program Overview

Become a force for healing and recovery.

Although the demand for physical therapists is on the rise, acceptance into Doctor of Physical Therapy programs continues to be highly competitive. Through hands-on coursework in Biology, Exercise & Sport Science, Chemistry, Math, Physics and Psychology, you’ll be well-prepared to apply for advanced degrees in the flourishing and competitive field of physical therapy. In the program, you’ll also have access to our Healthcare Advisory Board, who will offer you guidance and connect you with immersive educational opportunities inside and outside of the Gunnison Valley.

Set up for success

Our hands-on coursework, 1:1 advising, original research and shadowing opportunities are designed to set you up for success.

Courses

Code Title Credits Description
BIOL 372 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (with laboratory) 4 View
BIOL 373 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (with laboratory) 4 View
BIOL 496 Senior Thesis 2-4 View
CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry I 3 View
CHEM 332 Organic Chemistry II 3 View
CHEM 334 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1 View
CHEM 335 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1 View
CHEM 471 Biochemistry I 3 View
ESS 185 Lifetime Wellness 3 View
ESS 330 Exercise Physiology 3 View
ESS 331 Exercise Physiology Lab 1 View
ESS 380 Biomechanics 3 View
MATH 213 Probability and Statistics 3 View
PHYS 170 Principles of Physics I (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) 4 View
PHYS 171 Principles of Physics II (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) 4 View
PHYS 200 General Physics I (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) 4 View
PHYS 201 General Physics II (with laboratory) (GT-SC1) 4 View
PSY 200 Statistics and Data Analysis 3 View
PSY 270 Development Psychology 3 View
PSY 368 Psychopathology 3 View

Careers

Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.

Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.

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Scholarships

Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant. For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

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Get Involved

Expand your community and your network.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.

  • Lab Assistantships: Students commonly land positions helping their professors with fieldwork and research.
  • Pre-Health Club: Brings together students with a common interest in health fields to network and to provide career preparation, advice and peer support.
  • Shadowing: Opportunities to shadow practicing professionals exists both locally and throughout the United States.
  • Thornton Biology Research Program: Students work with faculty mentors on funded and original research.
  • Tri-Beta: Honor society for biology student researchers.
  • Pre-Health Mentorship Program: Students are paired with a qualified health professional to help them gain hands-on experience and prepare for a career after graduation.

A competitive advantage

By combining hands-on coursework in Biology, Exercise & Sport Science, Chemistry, Math, Physics and Psychology, Western has created an emphasis that’s tailor-made for students interested in the flourishing and competitive field of physical therapy.

Additional Resources

Thornton Biology Research Program

The Thornton Biology Research Program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work with faculty on funded, original research.

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Department Chairperson

Robin A. Bingham, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Administrative Assistant

Samantha Siegfried

Administrative Assistant for NES and MCS

Contact Information

970.943.2015

rbingham@western.edu

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Hurst Hall 128
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231