Bachelor of Science in Natural Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy (BS, NS/DPT)

Core Curriculum

All degree programs require completion of the Core Curriculum. A complete description of the core and its requirements is available in the Core Curriculum section of the Daemen catalogue. Courses which satisfy a portion or complete a core requirement will have such designation indicated after the course title.

Requirements for the BS Portion of the BS, NS/DPT Curriculum

  1. MAJOR: SCIENCES AND PHYSICAL THERAPY: 66 credits

    • BCH317 Bio-Organic Chemistry (3)
    • BIO109/L-110/L General Biology I-II (4/4) -- CT
    • BIO330/L-340/L General Anatomy; General Physiology (4/4)
    • BIO541/L Neurobiology I (4)
    • CHE110/L-111/L Chemistry I-II (4/4)
    • PHY101/L-102/L Physics I-II (4/4)
    • PT101-201 Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in Physical Therapy (1/1)
    • PT312 Principles of Teaching and Learning (3) -- ILIT. NOTE: IN COMBINATION WITH CMP315 = RP
    • PT504/L-505/L Clinical Functional Anatomy I & II (3/2)
    • PT506/L-507/LKinesiology & Biomechanics I & II (3/2)
    • PT508/L Physiology of Exercise (3)
    • PT517 Clinical Medicine I (3)
    • PT551 Integrative Seminar in Physical Therapy I-II (0/0)
    • Natural & Health Science Electives: Select 6 credits from the listing below.
  2. CORE: 45 credits

    1. CMP101 English Composition (3) -- CS; ILIT; WI
    2. CMP315 Advanced Composition for Health Professionals (3) -- CS; ILIT; UD; WI. NOTE: IN COMBINATION WITH PT312 =RP
    3. IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)
    4. MTH134 Pre-Calculus (3) -- CT; QL
    5. PSY103 Introduction to Psychology (3) -- CI
    6. Humanities & Social Sciences: 12 credits: 6 credits in each of 2 areas of the Humanities and Social Sciences (See below for details.)
      The 12 credits in Humanities and Social Sciences count as core only if they have a competency. If course does not have competency, it will fulfill the particular requirement but will count under Free Electives AND an equal number of credits in Core Electives must be taken for each course which does not have a competency.
    7. Core Electives: 18 credits: Recommended: NSC310 Biostatistics (3) - CT.
  3. FREE ELECTIVES: 9 credits:

    Courses used to fulfill the free electives may but are not required to have a competency. A maximum of 6 credits may be taken in science courses.

NOTE: CORE ELECTIVES AND FREE ELECTIVES

Some courses have overlapping content and therefore credit for only one course in each of the following pairs may be counted as a required or elective health science course: HCS301 and PT508; HCS317 and PT504 and/or PT505; HCS317 and PT506 and/or PT507; HCS320 AND PT517.

Graduate School Track Curriculum

Students preparing for graduate school in the traditional sciences, medicine or dentistry substitute CHE301/L and 302/L Organic Chemistry I-II lecture and lab for BCH317 Bio-Organic Chemistry (lecture). Consideration may also be given to MTH144 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and substitution of PHY151/L-152/L General Physics I-II lecture and lab for PHY101/L-102/L Physics I-II lecture and lab.

TOTAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE BS PORTION OF THE CURRICULUM = 120 CREDITS

 

Requirements for the DPT Portion of the BS, NS/DPT Curriculum

NOTE: Some courses will be taken concurrently with BS studies.

MAJOR: 82 credits

  • BIO542/L Neurobiology II (4)
  • PT501Applied Biostatistics (3)
  • PT509/L Principles & Applications of Physical Agents (4)
  • PT514/L-515/L Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation I-II (5/5)
  • PT516 Clinical Problem Solving in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (2)
  • PT521/LProsthetics & Orthotics (2)
  • PT530 Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Disability (3)
  • PT532 Motor Control & Motor Learning (2)
  • PT539/LCardiopulmonary Rehabilitation (2)
  • PT544/L-545/L Neuromuscular Rehabilitation I-II (4/4)
  • PT546-549 Clinical Medicine II-III (3/2)
  • PT548 Integumentary Care (3)
  • PT551Integrative Seminar in Physical Therapy III-IV (0)
  • PT651Integrative Seminar in Physical Therapy V (0)
  • PT553 Introduction to Clinical Research Design (1)
  • PT554-555 Clinical Research I-II (2/2)
  • PT563-564-565-566-567 Clinical Exposure I-V (1/1/1/1/1)
  • PT575Pre-Clinical Seminar (1)
  • PT577-582-680-690 Clinical Internship I-II-III-IV (3/3/4/4)
  • PT600 Clinical Problem Solving in Neuromuscular Rehabilitation (2)
  • PT606/L Rehabilitation of the Patient with Spinal Cord Injury (1)
  • PT610 Management &Administrative Issues in Physical Therapy (4)
  • PT612 Prevention, Health Promotion, Fitness & Wellness (2)

TOTAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DPT PORTION OF THE CURRICULUM = 82 CREDITS

 

TOTAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: BS (120); DPT (82) = 202 CREDITS

 

Natural Science or Health Science Electives

Select from the following courses. A minimum grade of C is required. Note that some courses have prerequisites (consult course descriptions in the Daemen catalogue or the schedule of course offerings which is accessible on the Daemen web site).

  • BCH313/L General Biochemistry (3/1)
  • BIO247/347/447 Selected Topics (3-4)
  • BIO302/L General Ecology (3/1)
  • BIO303/L Plant Biology (4)
  • BIO/SUST304 Conservation Biology (3) - CI; CR; ME; WI
  • BIO308/L Genetics (3/1) 
  • BIO315/L General Microbiology (3/1)
  • BIO322/L Invertebrate Biology (4)
  • BIO323/L Animal Biology (4)
  • BIO324/L Vertebrate Biology (4)
  • BIO325 Cell Biology (3)
  • BIO333/L Developmental Biology (4)
  • BIO335/L Animal Behavior (4)
  • BIO417 Immunology (3)
  • BIO436/L Evolutionary Biology (4)
  • BIO/BCH440/L Molecular Biology (3/1)
  • CHE301/L Organic Chemistry I (4)
  • CHE302/L Organic Chemistry II (4)
  • CHE303/L Introduction to Physical Chemistry (4)
  • CHE304/L Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry (4)
  • CHE311/L Contemporary Chemical Analysis (4)
  • CHE312/L Modern Instrumental Analysis (4)
  • CHE447 Selected Topics (3-4)
  • ENS205 Planet Earth I: Physical Features (3)
  • ENS206 Planet Earth II: Geographical Features (3)
  • ENS/NSC303 Environmental Toxicology (3) - CT
  • ENS304/L Environmental Chemistry (3/1)
  • ENS309 Population Dynamics (3)
  • NSC310 Biostatistics (3) ) -- CT
  • NSC331 Natural Science Literature Survey (2)
  •  NSC342 Biomaterials (3)
  • NSC4__ Natural Science Research Problems (3)
  • NSC443 Natural Science Research Seminar (2)
  • PAS511 Clinical Microbiology/Immunology (3)

Humanities and Social Science Requirements

In order to assure sufficient breadth and depth of understanding of a liberal arts education, students will complete a minimum of 6 credits of studies in at least two areas in humanities and social sciences in addition to composition studies. Therefore, a student must complete 4 courses (12 credits) total in Humanities/Social Sciences: 2 courses taken in one designated area of Humanities/Social Sciences, and 2 courses taken in another designated area in Humanities/Social Sciences (Example: 2 courses taken in History [HST - formerly HIS], and 2 courses taken in Psychology [PSY]). Humanities/Social Science course designations are: Economics (ECO); Fine Arts (Art [ART], Theatre [THA]); Foreign Languages (Chinese [CHI], French [FRE], Italian [ITA], Spanish [SPA]); History (HST - formerly HIS); Humanities; Literature (LIT); Music; Philosophy (PHI); Political Science (PSC)--formerly Government (GVT); Psychology (PSY); Religious Studies (REL); Sociology (SOC).

Program Structure

  1. This program leads to multiple degrees. Degrees are conferred separately: the BS, upon completion of all baccalaureate requirements; the DPT upon completion of the entire BS and DPT requirements.
  2. The Biology minor is earned as part of the BS, Natural Science major, Health Science specialization.
  3. Prior to the start of the Professional phase (Year 4) of the program, all course work referenced in the first 3 years must be completed in full

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Natural Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy (BS, NS/DPT) program who are currently enrolled in high school should apply directly to the Daemen College Office of Admissions. You may apply online at https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=DAEMEN-U. Freshman applicants are required to have three years of high school science (including chemistry,) with three years of high school mathematics (including trigonometry recommended). The Admissions Committee will also consider standardized test scores, high school GPA, transcripts (including grade performance and rigor of courses selected), extracurricular activities, class rank, and counselor or teacher recommendations.

Transfer applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Natural Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy (BS, NS/DPT) program at the pre-professional phase should apply directly to the Daemen College Office of Admissions. You may apply online at https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=DAEMEN-U. The Admissions Committee will consider overall GPA and science GPA in previous college course credits to be transferred, standardized test scores, and all required application materials and required documents.

Requirements for Progression to the Professional Phase of the Program

For Bachelor of Science in Natural Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy (BS, NS/DPT) freshman entry and pre-professional phase transfer students, a complete description of all policies and procedures for progression to the professional phase of the program is provided upon admission and is available at Department of Physical Therapy Criteria For Progression To The Professional Physical Therapy Program.

Students accepted to the Bachelor of Science in Natural Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy (BS, NS/DPT) program as freshman are guaranteed admission to the professional phase of the program provided they achieve the requirements detailed in the Department of Physical Therapy Criteria For Progression To The Professional Physical Therapy Program.

Freshman enrolled students pursuing a change of major to the Bachelor of Science in Natural Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy (BS, NS/DPT) and pre-professional phase transfer students accepted to the Bachelor of Science in Natural Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy (BS, NS/DPT) or pursuing a change of major to the Bachelor of Science in Natural Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy (BS, NS/DPT) will be accepted to the professional phase of the program based upon achievement of the requirements detailed in the Department of Physical Therapy Criteria For Progression To The Professional Physical Therapy Program and based on space availability.

Note

All new incoming students: please see Criteria For Progression To The Professional Physical Therapy Program. The criteria are available online or upon request from the Physical Therapy departmental office.

Requirements for Continuance in the Professional Phase of the Program

Detailed information on minimum grade requirements and other requirements to maintain good academic standing in the professional program is available from the Physical Therapy Department. A minimum grade of C or Pass (for courses graded Pass/Fail) in all courses and a minimum 3.0 GPA in each semester of the curriculum is required in the professional program.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfactory completion of all requirements as per the terms set forth by the Physical Therapy Department.

Suggested Course Sequence

Access the suggested course sequence for the BS, NS/DPT, Natural Science-Health Science specialization/Physical Therapy, from the Physical Therapy Department web page or the Program Plans site on the Registrar's web page.

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