May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin 
2023-2024 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Physical Therapy BHS (Interim Degree)

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The BHS Phsyical Therapy degree was designed as a pre-professional interim degree for students pursuing a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree through the “3+3” track. Starting Fall 2021 the interim degree for Andrews University students on the “3+3” track is Exercise Science BS with a pre-PT concentration . Thus, the BHS-Physical Therapy degree is only available now for pre-PT majors from affiliate schools. The BHS Physical Therapy prepares the pre-PT student with the prerequisite knowledge required for the DPT degree. Once accepted into the DPT program the 3+3 track allows students to enter the professional DPT program before completion of the BHS degree. The 3+3 students’ senior year is the first two semesters of the DPT program. This program is designed to be completed in eight semesters. Students successfully completing the appropriate prerequisites, DPT-1 and DPT-2 of the professional program (35 credits) qualify for the Bachelor of Health Science Degree.

Total Credits - 123

Additional Requirements

  1. An earned minimum grade of “C+” (2.33) or “S” (in a “S/U” course) in each DPT program course. The BHS program courses include PTH 501, PTH 505, PTH 509, PTH 510, PTH513, PTH 515,  PTH 516, PTH 518, PTH 519, PTH 520, PTH 526, PTH 528, PTH 530, PTH 562, PTH 565 and PTH 575.  
  2. No more than a cumulative total of five points earned on the grade-point scale throughout the physical therapy program (see DPT Student Handbook).
  3. Students must be able to perform skills listed in the Technical Standards of Performance and demonstrate professional behaviors as outlined in the DPT Student Handbook.
  4. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater in all credits used to meet the BHS degree requirements.
  5. Undergraduate DPT students entering the graduate phase of the program (PT-3) must have completed all requirements for their bachelor’s degree and have their degree conferred.

General Education (Andrews Core Experience)

Students must fulfill all Bachelor’s Degree requirements listed in the Andrews Core Experience .

Recommended Electives

Some elective course suggestions include business, ethics, leadership, culture and diversity, arts and humanities, nutrition and physical activity courses.

Admission Requirements

An Early Assurance option is available for Andrews University freshmen who meet the following criteria:

  • Declare pre-PT as the major upon enrollment freshman fall semester
  • High school GPA minimum 3.5
  • Maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA throughout every semester (freshman through acceptance into DPT program)
  • Maintain a wholesome lifestyle per the Andrews University Student Handbook
  • Exhibit developing professional behavior
  • Satisfactory interview

Students who meet these Early Assurance criteria are guaranteed acceptance into the DPT program, however are still required to apply through PTCAS. Students who lose Early Assurance may still apply through PTCAS for the DPT program and will be placed into the applicant pool.

Student Learning Outcomes

The BHS Physical Therapy degree is an interim degree. Therefore, upon completion of the BHS Physical Therapy degree, graduates who are accepted into the DPT program will continue the DPT coursework and complete the DPT degree.

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