Bridge Program in Health Sciences BS and Physical Therapy DPT

Major: Health Sciences and Physical Therapy
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 271.5
Co-op Options: One Co-op
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.1199
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

Drexel’s undergraduate Health Sciences program and graduate Physical Therapy (PT) program have partnered to offer a BS/DPT Bridge Program option available to high-achieving students enrolled in the Health Sciences program. The BS/DPT Bridge Program is a linked academic track that enables students to complete their Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees in 6 years.

Students pursue a BS degree in Health Sciences during their first three years of study, and a DPT degree during their final 2.5 years of study. The bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences is awarded following completion of year four (first year of graduate study), and the doctoral degree is awarded following completion of the Physical Therapy program.

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the Health Sciences Department.

Degree Requirements

General Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
English Sequence
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
Biology Sequence
BIO 131
BIO 134
Cells and Biomolecules
and Cells and Biomolecules Lab
5.0
BIO 132
BIO 135
Genetics and Evolution
and Genetics and Evolution Lab
5.0
BIO 133
BIO 136
Physiology and Ecology
and Anatomy and Ecology Lab
5.0
BIO 226Microbiology for Health Professionals5.0
Chemistry Sequence
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
Mathematics Sequence
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
Physics for Life Sciences
PHYS 152Introductory Physics I4.0
PHYS 153Introductory Physics II4.0
Communication
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
Health Systems
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Advanced Health-Care Ethics
Introduction to Health-Systems Administration
Ethics in Health Care Management
Psychology
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
One Psychology (PSY) and/or Behavioral Health Counseling (BACS) course (minimum 3 credits)3.0
Sociology
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
One Sociology (SOC) course (minimum 3 credits)4.0
Public Health
PBHL 101Public Health 1013.0
One Public Health (PBHL) course (minimum 3 credits)3.0
Anatomy & Physiology Courses
HSCI 101Anatomy and Physiology I5.0
HSCI 102Anatomy and Physiology II5.0
HSCI 103Anatomy and Physiology III5.0
Research Courses
HSCI 310Introduction to Research Methods4.0
HSCI 315Current Issues in Health Sciences4.0
Statistics and Assessment
HSCI 201Health Assessment through the Lifespan4.0
HSCI 345Statistics for Health Sciences4.5
Free Electives4.0
Health Sciences electives (HSCI or NFS) *19.0
Physical Therapy DPT Requirements **
PTRS 507Neuroscience I3.0
PTRS 508Neuroscience II2.0
PTRS 530Kinesiology I4.0
PTRS 531Kinesiology II3.0
PTRS 532Human Gross Anatomy I4.0
PTRS 533Human Gross Anatomy II4.0
PTRS 534Physical Therapy Exam & Intervention I3.0
PTRS 535Physical Therapy Exam & Intervention II3.0
PTRS 539Topics in Pathophysiology I2.0
PTRS 540Topics in Pathophysiology II4.0
PTRS 600Clinical Reasoning4.0
PTRS 610Issues in Pharmacotherapy3.0
PTRS 613Integrated Clinical Experience I0.5
PTRS 614Integrated Clinical Experience II0.5
PTRS 615Integrated Clinical Experience III0.5
PTRS 616Integrated Clinical Experience IV0.5
PTRS 620Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Upper Extremity4.0
PTRS 621Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Lower Extremity4.0
PTRS 622Orthopedic Physical Therapy: Spine4.0
PTRS 623Physical Agents3.0
PTRS 624Functional Mobility3.5
PTRS 627Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy I4.0
PTRS 630Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy II3.0
PTRS 639Motor Learning2.5
PTRS 641Neurological Exam and Intervention I4.0
PTRS 642Neurological Exam and Intervention II5.0
PTRS 643Applied Biomechanics3.0
PTRS 644Integumentary Physical Therapy1.5
PTRS 648Prosthetics and Orthotics3.0
PTRS 649Culture, Ethics and Interprofessionalism in Healthcare2.5
PTRS 654Topics in Health Policy & Services3.0
PTRS 655Health Administration2.5
PTRS 656Motor Control and Rehabilitation2.0
PTRS 660The Human Experience in Healthcare3.0
or RHAB I899 Independent Study
PTRS 664Pediatric Physical Therapy4.5
PTRS 675Life Span Development I: Birth to Adolescence4.0
PTRS 676Life Span Development II: Young Adulthood to Older Adulthood3.0
PTRS 733Advanced Clinical Reasoning2.0
PTRS 751Evidence-Based Practice3.0
PTRS 752Research and Measurement in Physical Therapy2.0
PTRS 755Evaluation of Research In Physical Therapy3.0
PTRS 794Clinical Experience I1.5
PTRS 795Terminal Clinical Experience II2.0
or PTRS 797 Clinical Internship I
PTRS 796Terminal Clinical Experience III4.5
or PTRS 798 Clinical Internship II
Total Credits271.5

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIO 131
BIO 134
5.0BIO 132
BIO 135
5.0BIO 133
BIO 136
5.0VACATION
CHEM 1013.5CHEM 1024.5CHEM 1035.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV NH1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0MATH 1024.0 
Free Elective4.0MATH 1014.0  
 16.5 17.5 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIO 2265.0HSCI 1025.0COM 3203.0COOP 1011.0
HSCI 1015.0HSCI 3104.0HSCI 1035.0HSAD 2103.0
HSCI 3454.5Health Science Elective4.0HSCI 3154.0PSY 1013.0
Health Science Elective3.0 SOC 1013.0Health Sciences Elective4.0
   Public Health Elective3.0
   Sociology Elective4.0
 17.5 13 15 18
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEPBHL 1013.0HSCI 2014.0
  PHYS 1524.0PHYS 1534.0
  One of the following:3.0Health Sciences Elective4.0
  Psychology Elective3.0
   
   
  Health Sciences Elective4.0 
 0 0 14 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
PTRS 5304.0PTRS 5313.0PTRS 5073.0PTRS 5082.0
PTRS 5324.0PTRS 5334.0PTRS 6150.5PTRS 6160.5
PTRS 5343.0PTRS 5353.0PTRS 6204.0PTRS 6214.0
PTRS 6004.0PTRS 5392.0PTRS 6233.0PTRS 6274.0
PTRS 6130.5PTRS 6140.5PTRS 6243.5PTRS 6414.0
 PTRS 7513.0PTRS 6392.5 
 15.5 15.5 16.5 14.5
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
PTRS 6103.0PTRS 6224.0PTRS 5404.0PTRS 6644.5
PTRS 7941.5PTRS 6303.0PTRS 6425.0PTRS 6763.0
 PTRS 6483.0PTRS 6441.5PTRS 7332.0
 PTRS 6492.5PTRS 6754.0PTRS 7522.0
 PTRS 6562.0  
 4.5 14.5 14.5 11.5
Sixth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
PTRS 6433.0PTRS 6552.5PTRS 796 or 7974.5 
PTRS 6543.0PTRS 795 or 7972.0  
PTRS 660 or RHAB I8993.0   
PTRS 7553.0   
 12 4.5 4.5 
Total Credits 271.5
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