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Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Biology General Option, B.A/Doctor of Physical Therapy Track

This is an undergraduate Program housed in Kean’s School of Natural Sciences. It is a Dual Degree Program (3 yrs undergraduate + 3 yrs doctorate) with Rutgers University School of Health Related Professions, Doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Rutgers determines who is accepted into the doctoral program. Students who are ready to, apply early Junior Year to the Dual Degree Program. Applicants apply by October 1stof Junior Year of College for entry into doctoral program the following summer. For those admitted, the B.A. degree is awarded by Kean post successful completion of the 1styear of doctoral studies. For those not admitted, the B.A. Biology, General Option degree program continues thru completion. Many students apply early Senior Year to multiple DPT Programs.

See the following website for current information: http://shrp.rutgers.edu/dept/PT/north/admissions/3-3_option.htm

  • Applicants apply thru the PTCAS The Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service, a service of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended with grades of A/B in prerequisites
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Exam Scores
  • Internship/volunteer field experiences in 2 different areas of physical therapy
  • Two letters of recommendation from clinical sites where field experience was obtained along with one personal recommendation
  • Resume detailing experience which demonstrates interpersonal skills, leadership capabilities & general interest in healthcare profession
  • Ability to perform tasks & movements that require strength & endurance

Suggested Undergraduate Bachelor’s Freshmen/Sophomore Curriculum:
(Courses in italics/underline are Rutger’s DPT prerequisites. For other DPT programs, refer to those websites for their prerequisites.) 
Science & Math Coursework:
MATH 1000 + 1054 (College Algebra* & Precalculus*)
*With qualifying placement test scores, these courses may be substituted with electives
Calculus I & Biostatistics or Statistics
BIO 1300 & 1400 (formerly BIO 2200 & 2400) General Biology I & II
CHEM 1083 + 1084 (General Chemistry I & II)
Year of General Physics I & II Lecture & Laboratory PHYS 2091 & 2092

Anatomy & Physiology I & II

General Education Coursework:
Transition to Kean (aka Freshmen Seminar Course)
ENG 1030 College Composition & ENG 2403 World Literature
PSY 1000 General Psychology 
GE 2024 Research & Technology
COMM 1402 Speech Communication
HIST 1062 Worlds of History

Suggested Undergraduate Bachelor’s Junior/Senior Curriculum:
Refer to the BA Bio/prePT Curriculum Guidesheet & Program Evaluation in Keanwise

  • Year of Organic Chemistry Lecture/Recitation/Laboratory
  • Zoology & either* Botany, Ecology or Genetics
  • Senior Seminar in Integrative Biology*
  • Courses in Humanities, Health/PE & Social Science
  • Up to 7 courses in Free Electives* ---half of free electives must be 3000/4000

(*for those admitted into Rutgers DPT, the 1st year of doctoral work fulfills these courses for the bachelors degree; for those not admitted, complete all the named courses)

For more information on course descriptions, please click here

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