Psychology and Physical Therapy: 3 + 3 Degree

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Psychology and Physical Therapy: 3 + 3 Degree

St. Kate's offers a convenient dual-degree program that combines the core courses from psychology with physical therapy. Upon completion of our six-year program, you'll receive a bachelor's degree in psychology and a clinical doctorate in physical therapy, and you'll be ready to begin your career in healthcare.

Below is a sample course plan for the first three years of the program.

You will be assigned an academic adviser to help you choose electives and courses that best fit your interests and the requirements of our program.

First Year

Fall

  • CORE: The Reflective Woman*
  • PSYC: General Psychology
  • CHEM: General Chemistry
  • BIOL: General Biology I

Winter

  • BIOL: General Biology II
  • PSYC: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • CHEM: General Chemistry II
  • PHIL/THEO: Philosophy or Theology course*

Summer

  • Elective (if needed)

Sophomore

Fall

  • BIOL: Human Anatomy
  • MATH: Calculus I or MATH 1110: Functions with Calculus 1A
  • PSYC: Abnormal Psychology
  • INDI: Medical Terminology
  • PHIL/THEO: Philosophy or Theology course

Winter

  • BIOL: Human Physiology
  • MATH: Functions with Calculus 1B or Elective
  • PSYC: Statistical Methods in Psychology
  • LIT/FA: English Literature or Fine Arts course*

Summer

  • 100 hours of clinical experience

Junior

Fall

  • PHYS: Introductory Physics I or PHYS 1080: Physics for the Health Sciences I
  • CORE: Global Search for Justice*
  • PSYC-level Lab Course
  • LIT/FA: English Literature or Fine Arts course

Winter

  • PHYS: Introductory Physics I or PHYS 1090: Physics for the Health Sciences II
  • INDI: Introduction to Physical Therapy
  • HIST: History course*
  • CRST/WOST: Critical Studies or Women’s Studies course*
  • LANG: Foreign Language course* (if needed)

* Denotes course is part of liberal arts and sciences core requirements (for all majors).

Writing requirements

Psychology majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors in course assignments throughout the departmental curriculum, rather than in a single course. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman and CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice, and any other writing-intensive course in another department).