Blending biology courses with classes in human kinetics, Florida Southern will prepare you to successfully pursue a career in Physical Therapy.

As one of the fastest-growing professions, FSC will put you on the fast track for rewarding career in physical therapy. You will learn about the physiology of the body, how the body functions during exercise, what factors influence athletic performance, and more.

Top Reasons to Choose FSC for Pre-physical Therapy

  • A low student-faculty ratio ensures personal attention from professors who are committed to your success.
  • Each semester you’ll have the option of participating in clinical rotations in a wide array of settings.
  • FSC also guarantees qualified students a career-related internship.
  • Dynamic opportunities exist for student-faculty collaborative research providing you hands-on experience with state-of-the-art instrumentation.
  • We offer a BS/MD program that guarantees qualified students admission to USF’s College of Medicine.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

  • In your labs and lecture courses, you’ll participate in guided inquiry experiments, collaborative learning and problem solving, team-based laboratory projects, experiment design, and peer teaching.
  • In the classroom, you’ll expand your abilities as a scientist by engaging in discussions, group projects, and case studies where you’ll apply theories to real-life situations and hone your critical thinking skills.

With all the hands-on learning experiences available, you can be sure you'll be well-prepared for graduate school.

Course Information

While there is no mandatory major field of study for aspiring Physical Therapists, our program, guided by the Biology department, combines and a major in biology with courses in Athletic Training, Human Movement and Performance, and Physical Education.

Some of these courses include:

  • General psychology
  • Human physiology
  • Human anatomy
  • Chemistry
  • Communications
  • Physics
  • Sociology
  • English
  • Ethics
  • Calculus
  • Statistics

You should also consider taking liberal arts courses such as a foreign language, philosophy, literature and fine arts.

Geared towards entering freshman, the program is limited to 30 students ensuring graduates are well prepared for graduate school studies. See a four-year plan of suggested courses below.


Scholarships are available for our majors. These awards include:

  • Helen and Charles McConville Scholarships
  • Southern Bio Research Award/Sokoloff Scholarship
  • Charlene Poland Holt Scholarship
  • Herman and Theresa Teiser Baum Scholarships


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