Pre-Occupational/Physical Therapy Program
Degree Type: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Biology or Kinesiology & Human Performance
Program(s) Offered: Preprofessional Program
Gain hands-on experience inside one of the region's only educational cadaver labs and work with some of the most state-of-the-art biology equipment that any undergraduate school our size has to offer.
That's not all — gain an inside track on admission to Briar Cliff's own groundbreaking Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, to which Briar Cliff undergraduates will be given preference for admission.
Our graduates have also gone on to study at schools including the University of Iowa, Creighton University, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, among others.
Whether you plan on becoming an occupational or physical therapist, we recommend our pre-PT students select one (or more) of the following majors:
How does life work? Biochemistry helps find the answer, which means it's a great launching point for a career in occupational or physical therapy — or anything else that has to do with nature or science. Simply put, biochemistry is the study of how life works at the molecular level.
- BIOL 151 — General Biology
- BIOL 357 — Genetics
- BIOL 420(L) — Cell & Molecular Biology (w/lab)
- BCMB 10IS — Molecular & Genetic Techniques I
- BCMB 20IS — Molecular & Genetic Techniques II
- BCMB 401-03 — Biochemistry Research Project I, II & III
- CHEM 111(L) — Principles of Chemistry (w/lab)
- CHEM 112(L) — Principles of Chemistry II (w/lab)
- CHEM 337(L) — Organic Chemistry (w/lab)
- CHEM 338(L) — Organic Chemistry II (w/lab)
- CHEM 442(L) — Biochemistry (w/lab)
- CHEM 443 — Biochemistry II
This is a more general major, and at first you'll study a broader range of biology-related topics. Then, you'll meet with an advisor to decide the best upper-level courses to take. It's a great "double-major" to add to your medical school credentials.
- BIOL 151(L) — General Biology I
- BIOL 152(L) — General Biology II
- BIOL 212 — General Botany
- BIOL 213 — Invertebrate Zoology
- BIOL 221S — Scientific Writing & Research
- BIOL 339 — Principles of Microbiology
- BIOL 58IS — Senior Seminar
- CHEM 111(L) — Principles of Chemistry
- CHEM 112(L) — Principles of Chemistry II
Exercise Physiology Major
The B.S. in Exercise Physiology will prepare you for graduate work in the exercise physiology, chiropractic, physical therapy and occupational therapy fields.
- CHEM 111 (Lecture and Lab) - Chemistry I
- CHEM 112 (Lecture and Lab - Chemistry II
- PHYS 121 (Lecture and Lab) - Physics I
- BIOL 151 (Lecture and Lab) - Biology I
- BIOL 221 (Lecture and Lab) - Human Anatomy
- BIOL 222 (Lecture and Lab) - Human Physiology
- KHP 200 - Foundations of Kinesiology
- KHP 250 (Lecture and Lab) - Exercise Testing and Prescription
- KHP 350 - Motor Behavior
- KHP 380 - Sports Nutrition
- KHP 400 (Lecture and Lab) - Exercise Physiology
- KHP 410 (Lecture and Lab) - Kinesiology & Biomechanics
- KHP 450 (Lecture and Lab) - Strength & Conditioning
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