Physical Therapy, 3+N Program

The six-year Bachelor of Arts in any College of Science and Technology major and Doctor of Physical Therapy is a combined program between the College of Science and Technology and the College of Public Health Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The program is designed for high-achieving students. Students must apply through the Office of Pre-Professional Health Studies.

Students must meet the admissions requirements for early admission to Temple University's College of Public Health Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The 3+3 option is only with Temple University's College of Public Health Doctor of Physical Therapy. If interested in applying to other schools, students will need to follow a 4+3 option.

Contact Information:

College of Science and Technology
Center for Academic Advising and Professional Development
First Floor of the Paley Library, Suite 150
215-204-2890
cstadv@temple.edu

Office of Pre-Professional Health Studies
Mitten Hall, Suite 110
215-204-2513
healthadvising@temple.edu

Guidelines for the Completion of the Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of Science & Technology

  • Bachelor of Arts candidates in the College of Science and Technology (CST) must complete all requirements for their major before entering the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program in the College of Public Health (CPH) with the exception of the following:

Biology majors may count one of the following first year DPT Program courses as one of their three required Biology electives:
PHTH 8521 Neuroscience
PHTH 8522 Rehabilitative Pathophysiology
PHTH 8523 Movement Science II

  • CST students may count up to 33 equivalent credit hours from the first year at the DPT Program in the CPH as equivalents of upper-level credits in the CST or College of Liberal Arts.
  • CST students may count up to 33 equivalent credit hours from the first year at the DPT Program in the CPH to fulfill their general credit hour requirements for the B.A. degree in the CST.
  • Appropriate course sequences for majors offered by the College of Science and Technology will be available in the Center for Academic Advising and Professional Development (First Floor of the Paley Library, Suite 150) or Pre-Professional Health Studies (Mitten Hall, Suite 110) and will be shared with prospective and current students.

Suggested Academic Plan for CST + Doctor of Physical Therapy 3+3 Program

Below is a suggested academic plan. Individual plans will vary based on previous course work, AP credits, performance on University placement tests, and specific undergraduate major. Students who qualify for the 3+3 program will develop an individual academic plan with Pre-Professional Health Studies during their first semester at the University.

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
Select one of the following:3-4
Elements of Statistics 
Differential and Integral Calculus 
Calculus I 
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry I 
Honors General Chemical Science I 
Major / General Education / Elective Credits 8-7
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following:4
General Biology II 
Introduction to Biology I 
Select one of the following:4
General Chemistry II 
Honors General Chemical Science II 
Major / General Education / Elective Credits 7
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
KINS 1223 or 1221Human Anatomy and Physiology I3-4
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to General Physics I 
Elementary Classical Physics I 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F) 
General Physics I 
Honors General Physics I (F) 
Major / General Education / Elective Credits 8-7
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
KINS 1224 or 1222Human Anatomy and Physiology II3-4
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to General Physics II 
Elementary Classical Physics II 
Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S) 
General Physics II 
Honors General Physics II (S) 
Major / General Education / Elective Credits 8-7
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Major / General Education / Elective Credits 15
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Major / General Education / Elective Credits 15
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 90
(F) - Fall only course
(S) - Spring only course

Notes:

  1. Students in the Accelerated Program must have been pre-approved through Pre-Professional Health Studies (PPHS) and have signed an "Intent to Pursue" form by their second semester. This form must be on file with PPHS.
  2. Because students in an accelerated program must meet both the course requirements for entry to professional school and the course requirements for their major, it is necessary for these students to consult with an advisor in their major as well as PPHS as early in their academic career as possible. Failure to do so may make completing the required courses in the first 90 hours impossible.
  3. The academic plan presented here is a generic plan; the actual plan will depend on choice of major and number of AP credits applied from high school transcript.
  4. CST students must complete the requirements for their major within their first 90 hours; course work in the first year of professional school counts as elective hours toward degree completion.