Walsh University offers several options for Pre-Phyiscal Therapy students. By majoring in Biology - Pre-Physical Therapy, students gain a solid foundation in Biology, with emphasis on anatomy, physiology and medical terminology. This prepares students to pursue an advanced degree in graduate school, such as a doctorate in Physical Therapy

At Walsh University, biology majors have access to state-of-the-art, fully equipped laboratories and facilities in Walsh's Timken Natural Sciences Center and the St. John Paul II Center for Science Innovation. In addition, they learn from Walsh's highly trained, experienced faculty who are great teachers, caring mentors and experienced researchers.

What makes Walsh's Biology - Pre-Physical Therapy undergraduate program unique?

  • Faculty with Experience. Each of our Ph.D. Biology faculty members specialize in their areas of expertise. They are excellent teachers and competent researchers.
  • Diverse Course Offering. Biology majors choose from a wide assortment of electives that satisfy their personal and professional interests. In addition, Biology majors can choose to specialize in the study of Environmental Science. 
  • Early Research Opportunities. Unlike most schools, undergraduate students at Walsh University have ample opportunities to conduct cutting-edge research alongside our experienced faculty. 
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities. Walsh houses laboratories equipped with the latest technologies, giving our students a chance to work with the instruments and tools used in the field.

In addition, Walsh University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program offers an Early Assurance, direct freshman entry program is a 3 + 3 model, which is available to a limited number of graduating high school seniors who will enroll in Walsh University’s Division of Mathematics and Sciences Biology Pre-PT Early Assurance program/curriculum. For more information, contact your admissions counselor. 

Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?

The Biology - Pre-Physical Therapy  major involves 73-76 semester hours of required coursework and laboratory experience. All Biology Pre-Physical Therapy majors must complete either Calculus I or Elementary Functions I and II. Other classes required in the Biology - Pre-Physical Therapy undergraduate program include:

  • Principles of Biology
  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physiology of Exercise

Students also can select electives covering specialized topics and an introduction to research. These courses enhance the foundational knowledge needed for graduate programs.

What type of career can I look forward to with a Biology degree?

Our Biology - Pre-Physical Therapy graduates are prepared to enter graduate school where they can obtain an advanced degree in Physical Therapy or a related field. 

What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available to Biology majors?

Students gain real-world experience through Biology internships and summer research initiatives.