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Physical Therapy (UMDNJ-SHRP)

The Biology Pre-Professional programs provide students with an opportunity to earn a B.S. in Biology from Felician College and a graduate degree from a number of cooperating professional school programs in the following fields:

1. Audiology (Bloomsburg University of PA)
2. Chiropractic (NY Chiropractic College)
3. Occupational Therapy (Sage Graduate School)
4. Physician Assistant (Rutgers-SHRP)
5. Physical Therapy (Rutgers-SHRP)
6. Podiatry (NY College of Podiatric Medicine)

Upon successful completion of their Felician coursework, students will be able to demonstrate competence in scientific reasoning and quantitative analysis, critical thinking, and written communication, as well as proficiency in application of fundamental principles and laboratory methods in biology and chemistry. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of the ethical challenges and responsibilities of applying scientific knowledge, the relationship of Franciscan values to professional practice, and the potential contributions of science-related professions to human welfare and sustainability.

In most of the pre-professional programs, students take three years of required courses at Felician, with their first year of professional school courses counting toward their fourth year for the B.S. (The exception is Occupational Therapy, which requires a four-year sequence of courses at Felician.) An additional 2-3 years at the professional school is needed for the graduate degree (duration depending on whether a Masters or Doctorate is needed).

Students should declare their intention to pursue a specific articulated program as soon as possible within their first year at Felician to ensure proper scheduling of the correct sequence of courses. Note that each program has a GPA requirement for entry into the cooperating professional school, and may have other qualifications as indicated in the individual program requirements summarized below.

In each program, students must achieve a minimum grade of C in all science and math courses.

Physical Therapy Program

The Physical Therapy Program is an articulated program coordinated with Rutgers--School of Health Related Professionals (Rutgers-SHRP) providing a B.S. in Biology from Felician College and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Rutgers-SHRP. Students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program receive state-of-the-art education that prepares them to be in the forfront of the physical therapy profession.

Physical Therapy involves the examination, treatment, and instruction of persons to assess, prevent, and correct physical disability and pain from injury and disease. It includes the planning of treatment and the use of activities and devices for reducing the incidence of movement dysfunction and pain. Physical therapists continue to be in demand throughout the United States. Employment opportunities are available in a wide variety of healthcare settings and geographic locations.

Students in the Physical Therapy Program spend about three years at Felician College completing 100 credits in the pre-professional component (47 credits in the General Education and Core Curriculum and 53 credits in the required departmental core). Students must formally apply for admission for their professional coursework to the Rutgers Physical Therapy Program. Upon successful completion of their first year of courses (45 credits) at Rutgers, Felician College will award a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Upon successful completion of the remainder of the required coursework (approximately two additional years), Rutgers will award a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

Upon completion of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program students are prepared to enter the physical therapy profession as a clinician capable of practicing in an autonomous and ethical manner. The graduate will have skills in differential diagnosis as well as in advanced clinical and management practices. They will be able to understand and apply research presented in various formats to clinical decision making and practice and will be expected to lead the profession in the changes needed for effective practice in the 21st century.

Admission Requirements
1. High School graduation or equivalent diploma (GED).
2. English as a Second language (ESL) placement test if required and completion of ESL courses, if necessary.
3. Earn a minimum of 550 on TOEFL Exam for applicants with foreign credentials who are transferring into the DPT Program.
4. Completion of any necessary remedial courses as determined by the College’s Basic Skill Test.
5. A minimum grade of 2.5 for all transfer students. Note: The minimal satisfaction of entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the professional portion of the program. The final decision for acceptance rests with the professional school.

Degree Requirements
All students must:
1. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.000;
2. Complete all the pre-professional courses (100 cr.) with a grade of “C” or better in all required science and math courses;
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the physical therapy profession through actual work or volunteer experience;
4. Demonstrate evidence of community service;
5. Formally apply to the Rutgers-SHRP Physical Therapy program for the professional component of the program;
6. Obtain a satisfactory score on all three sections (verbal, quantitative and analytical) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
7. Submit three letters of recommendation, including two from physical therapists;
8. Have basic computer literacy, including file management, use of word processing and spreadsheet programs, use of e-mail and the Internet.

Note: The minimal satisfaction of entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the professional portion of the program. The final decision for acceptance rests with the professional school.

Course Requirements (100 credits) At Felician College

(Revised: May 2012)

Core Curriculum (12 credits)

Section Course Credits
CORE 200 Culture and Diversity 3
CORE 250 Applied Ethical Reasoning 3
CORE 300 Journey to Selfhood 3
CORE 400 Franciscan Vision 3
General Education Requirements (35 credits)
ENG 101 Writing the College Essay 3
ENG 102 Introduction to the Study of Literature 3
BIO 202 Microbiology 4
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (100 or 200 level) 3
RELS___ Religious Studies Elective (300 or 400 level) 3
______ Social/Behavioral Sci. Elective (HIST, ECON, PSYC, PSCI, SOC) 3
MATH 161 Precalculus 4
CIS 101/103 Introduction to Computer Applications 3
  Introduction to Advanced Computer Applications 3
ART/MUS___ Creative Arts Elective 3
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
FYE 100 * Freshman Year Experience I 1
FYE 101 * Freshman Year Experience II 1
Required Pre-Professional Core (53 credits)
BIO 103 General Biology I 4
BIO 104 General Biology II 4
BIO 205 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 206 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 405 Genetics 4
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 104 General Chemistry IIv  
CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 360 Biochemistry 4
PHYS 103 General Physics I 4
PHYS 104 General Physics II 4
MATH 122 Statistics I 3
MATH 262 Calculus I 4

* FYE is for full-time, first-time freshmen

Recommended semester-by-semester course sequence (4-year plan)

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Dr. Alfredo Castro
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Dr. Gaby Fahmy
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Dr. Barry Goldberg
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Dr. Robert Rogers
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Dr. Wei Shi
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Dr. Edward Siden
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Dr. Marjorie Squires
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Dr. Patrick Weir
Associate Professor of Biology and Chair
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