The Physical Therapy Allied Health Program

The Physical Therapy cooperative program between Saint Vincent College and Duquesne University School of Health Sciences is a six-year doctoral program. Upon successful completion of the fourth year, students who have not already earned a Bachelor’s degree will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Biology or Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Saint Vincent College. Upon successful completion of the sixth year students will be awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Duquesne University. 

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Requirements for the Physical Therapy - Biology Major

Typical First-Year Schedule

Fall Semester
BL 150 General Biology I - 3 credits
BL 151 General Biology I Laboratory - 1 credit
CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits 
CH 103 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit 
TH 119 First Theology - 3 credits 
Intermediate Foreign Language - 3 credits 
HI— History Elective (100 level) - 3 credits 
First-Year Seminar - 1 credit 
Total Fall 18

All students will take one course designated as a First-Year Seminar which will satisfy a Core Curriculum requirement.

Spring Semester
BL 152 General Biology II - 3 credits
BL 153 General Biology II Laboratory - 1 credit 
CH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 credits
CH 104 General Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit 
EL 102 Language and Rhetoric - 3 credits
Intermediate Foreign Language - 3 credits
HI— History Elective (200 level) - 3 credits
Total Spring 17

Typical Sophomore Year Schedule

Fall Semester
BL 208 Cell Biology - 3 credits
BL 209 Cell Biology Laboratory - 1 credit
CH 221 Organic Chemistry I - 3 credits
CH 223 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit 
PL 101 First Philosophy - 3 credits
TH 280 Catholic Bioethics - 3 credits
MA 109 Calculus I - 4 credits
Total Fall 18

Spring Semester BL 212 Microbiology - 3 credits
BL 213 Microbiology Laboratory - 1 credit
CH 222 Organic Chemistry II - 3 credits
CH 223 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit 
PY 100 Introduction to Psychology - 3 credits
MA 110 Calculus II - 4 credits 
PL— Philosophy Elective - 3 credits
Total Spring 18

Typical Junior Year Schedule

Fall Semester
BL 220 Comparative Anatomy - 3 credits
BL 221 Comparative Anatomy Laboratory - 1 credit or
BL 232 Ecology - 3 credits
BL 233 Ecology Laboratory - 1 credit
PH 111 General Physics I - 3 credits
PH 113 General Physics I Laboratory - 1 credit 
PY 203 Statistics I - 3 credits
EL— Literature Elective - 3 credits
TH— Theology Elective - 3 credits
Total Fall 17

Spring Semester
BL 234 Evolution - 3 credits
BL 235 Evolution Laboratory - 1 credit or
BL 236 Biology of Environmental Disturbances - 3 credits
BL 237 Biology of Environmental Disturbances Laboratory - 1 credit or
BL 224 Mammalian Physiology - 3 credits
BL 225 Mammalian Physiology Laboratory - 1 credit 
PH 112 General Physics II - 3 credits
PH 114 General Physics II Laboratory - 1 credit 
BL 301 Junior Research Seminar - 2 credits 
EL— English Elective (Literature) - 3 credits
Total Spring 16

Summer Semester
BL 302 Research Project - 2 credits 
BL 303 Research Thesis - 1 credit 

The remaining three years are to be completed at Duquesne University.

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Requirements for the Physical Therapy

Typical First-Year Schedule

Fall Semester
First Year Seminar - 1 credit
BL 150 General Biology I - 3 credits
BL 151 General Biology Laboratory I - 1 credit 
CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits
CH 103 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1  credit
TH 119 Exploring Religious Meaning - 3 credits or
EL 102 Language and Rhetoric - 3 credits
Intermediate Foreign Language - 3 credits
Total Fall 15

All students will take one course designated as a First-Year Seminar which will satisfy a Core Curriculum requirement.

Spring Semester
BL 152 General Biology II - 3 credits
BL 153 General Biology II Laboratory - 1 credit 
CH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 credits
CH 104 General Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit 
TH 119 Exploring Religious Meaning - 3 credits or
EL 102 Language and Rhetoric - 3 credits
Intermediate Foreign Language - 3 credits
HI— History Elective (100 Level) - 3 credits
Total Spring 17

Typical Sophomore Year Schedule

Fall Semester
BL 208 Cell Biology - 3 credits
BL 209 Cell Biology Laboratory - 1 credit 
PY 100 Introduction to Psychology - 3 credits
PL 101 1st Philosophy - 3 credits
TH— Theology Elective - 3 credits
MA 109 Calculus I - 4 credits 
Total Fall 17

Spring Semester
BL— Biology Elective - 3 credits
BL— Biology Elective - 1 credit 
MA 110 Calculus II - 4 credits 
PY— Psychology Elective - 3 credits
EL— English Elective - 3 credits
HI— 200 Level History - 3 credits
Total Spring 17

Typical Junior Year Schedule

Fall Semester
PL— Philosophy - 3 credits
PH 111 General Physics I - 3 credits
PH 113 General Physics Lab I - 1 credit 
LA 200 Methods and Techniques of Research - 3 credits
PY 203 Statistics - 3 credits
PY— Psychology - 3 credits
TH 280 Catholic Bioethics - 3 credits
Total Fall 19

Spring Semester
AN 222 Cultural Anthropology - 3 credits
PH 112 General Physics II - 3 credits
PH 114 General Physics II - 1 credit 
LA 250 Junior Seminar - 3 credits
PY— Psychology Elective - 3 credits
EL— English Elective (Literature) - 3 credits
Total Spring 16

Summer Semester
LA 350 Independent Study - 3 credits
Total Credits at Saint Vincent 104
Senior Year (First Year at Duquesne)

24 additional credits to satisfy requirements for the BA in Liberal Arts
Four (4) credits at Duquesne to satisfy requirements for Biology minor
Three (3) credits at Duquesne (435) Psychology of Illness and Disability to satisfy requirements for Psychology Concentration.

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Prerequisites
  • Completion of High School Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Pre-Calculus.
  • A Minimum of 1100 SAT Score (prior to March 2016) and 1170 (beginning in March 2016) in math and verbal reasoning.
Internships and Careers

All Allied health students are strongly encouraged to participate in an internship experience in their area of study. All Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy students are required to have internship experience before they Transfer to Duquesne University. 

  • Learning Objectives

    * To broadly and effectively educate students in the theory and practice of science for success in the health and allied health professions.

    * To empower students with the skills and knowledge of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics necessary to form a broad scientific foundation as preparation for admissions exams, and for application in the health and allied health professions.

    * To specifically prepare undergraduate students for study in allopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, dental medicine, osteopathic medicine, optometry, podiatric medicine, and veterinary medicine.

    * To specifically prepare undergraduate students for study in allied health fields including nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy, and physician assistant graduate programs.