Pre-Physical Therapy

Program Description

The Pre-Physical Therapy program at BSC provides the first two years of core classes for students planning a career as a physical therapist. Physical therapists use techniques to help injured or sick people improve or restore their movement and manage their pain, often reducing the need for surgery or long-term prescription medication. As licensed health care professionals, they are an important part of rehabilitation for patients with chronic conditions or injuries. Becoming a physical therapist requires graduation from a physical therapist education program with a master’s or doctoral degree. Appropriate undergraduate college majors include kinesiology, exercise science, biology, anatomy and physiology, health science or other physical science.


Students interested in this field should take high school classes in mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry and other sciences. Traits needed for success include good dexterity, physical stamina, good interpersonal skills, and compassion to deal with people in pain. Strong analytical and observational skills are a must.

Program Requirements

Students completing the suggested degree plan requirements receive an Associate in Science degree. All states require physical therapists to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state, but all include passing the National Physical Therapy Examination administered by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy. In North Dakota, doctoral degree programs in physical therapy are available at University of North Dakota and University of Mary. Students transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer school and modify BSC’s suggested curriculum where necessary. Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

Physical therapists typically work in private offices and clinics, hospitals and nursing homes. Home health care agencies and residential care facilities employ many others. Some are self-employed. Those without a master’s degree may find work as a physical therapist assistant or physical therapist aide.



Brent Reems • Jack Science Center 301B

Associate in Science

College degree requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits63
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Arts & Humanities  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities) 3
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
ENGL 120 College Composition II 3
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Math, Science & Technology  
BIOL 150 General Biology I 3
BIOL 150L General Biology I Lab 1
MATH 210 Elementary Statistics 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences  
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology 3
Electives (Required)  
BIOL 151 General Biology II 3
BIOL 151L General Biology II Lab 1
2nd Year
Math, Science & Technology  
CHEM 121 General Chemistry I 1 4
CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Lab 1
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Electives (Required)  
BIOL 220 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 220L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 221L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
CHEM 122 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Lab 1
PHYS 211 College Physics I 3
PHYS 211L College Physics I Lab 1
PHYS 212 College Physics II 3
PHYS 212L College Physics II Lab 1
PSYC 270 Abnormal Psychology 3
 Total Credits63


  1. The curricula listed above is suggested. Students should work with their advisor to review the degree requirements for the student's chosen transfer institution.
  2. A student completing an additional Arts & Humanities course would be eligible to graduate with an Associate in Arts degree in addition to the Associate in Science degree.