Exercise Science + Physical Therapy (3+3)

This accelerated 6-year program — a respected leader in physical therapy education for more than 50 years — combines a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Students in a physical therapy class

Meet the challenges of today's health-care system

You'll benefit from a problem-based, self-directed approach to learning, using case studies to integrate basic science and clinical knowledge and skills in conjunction with psychosocial, ethical and behavioral aspects of patient care.

In small group tutorials, students work closely with individual faculty to explore information and develop clinical insights and professional behaviors. Professional practice is a fundamental component of the curriculum accomplished through integrated clinical experiences and full-time clinical internships. Our graduates practice in a variety of health care settings with individuals of all ages. They're known for their excellent clinical skills, leadership and confidence

Majors will complete four prerequisite courses, ten core courses, plus two electives spread out across their four years. All majors are required to have Basic Life Support and First Aid Certifications by the end of the junior year.

The suggested sequence is:

First Year

BIOL 113 General Biology 4
CHEM 111 Introduction to Chemistry: Inorganic 4
CHEM 112 Introduction to Chemistry: Organic 4

BIOL 113: prereq. for BIOL 246

CHEM 111, CHEM 112: prereq. for BIOL 231

Second Year

BIOL 231 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIOL 232 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIOL 246 Foundations of Exercise and Health 4
MATH 118 Introductory Statistics 4
PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychological Science 4
NUTR 112 Introduction to Nutrition Science 4

Third Year*

BIOL 332 Exercise Physiology 4
PHYS 110 Introductory Physics I 4
SNHS 361 Exercise Assessment & Prescription 4
PSYC 232 Health Psychology 4

BIOL 332: prereq. for SNHS 361

PHYS 110: prereq. for BIOL 362

CPR with AED Training & First Aid Certification (both offered on campus at cost)

*If you are approved by the Department of Physical Therapy and are able to progress into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, in your 3rd year you must also complete:

PHYS 111 & PHYS 111L Introduction to Physics II and lab

Fourth Year

If you remain in the Exercise Science Program to earn a BS in Exercise Science you must complete:

BIOL 370 Internship 0
BIOL 362 Kinesiology 4

Two Electives

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

For Transfer Students

You can apply to Simmons as an undergraduate transfer student and be considered for admission to the professional phase of the DPT program. You must complete five of the nine required prerequisite science courses at Simmons, and you must have a 3.25 GPA across the 9 science courses in order to be considered for matriculation into the profession program. Additionally, you will need to meet all the requirements for an undergraduate degree from Simmons as well as the requirement for health care experience before matriculation into the professional program.

Offered As
  • Major
  • Doctorate
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Our Faculty

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Randi Lite

  • Professor of Practice, Biology, and Dir. of Exercise Science
Justin Beebe

Justin Beebe

  • Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy