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Occupational & Physical Therapy


Gain hands-on experience inside one of the region's only educational cadaver labs and work with some of the most state-of-the-art biology equipment that any undergraduate school our size has to offer.

That's not all — gain an inside track on admission to Briar Cliff's developing Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)* program, which if accredited, is scheduled to start in July 2015. Briar Cliff undergraduates will be given preference to this groundbreaking program.

Our graduates have also gone on to study at schools including the University of Iowa, Creighton University, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, among others.

Whether you plan on becoming an occupational or physical therapist, we recommend our pre-PT students select one (or more) of the following majors:

BIOCHEMISTRY MAJOR

How does life work? Biochemistry helps find the answer, which means it's a great launching point for a career in medicine — or anything else that has to dow ith nature or science. Simply put, biochemistry is the study of how life works at the molecular level.

Core courses:

  • BIOL 151 — General Biology
  • BIOL 357 — Genetics
  • BIOL 420(L) — Cell & Molecular Biology (w/lab)
  • BCMB 10IS — Molecular & Genetic Techniques I
  • BCMB 20IS — Molecular & Genetic Techniques II
  • BCMB 401-03 — Biochemistry Research Project I, II & III
  • CHEM 111(L) — Principles of Chemistry (w/lab)
  • CHEM 112(L) — Principles of Chemistry II (w/lab)
  • CHEM 337(L) — Organic Chemistry (w/lab)
  • CHEM 338(L) — Organic Chemistry II (w/lab)
  • CHEM 442(L) — Biochemistry (w/lab)
  • CHEM 443 — Biochemistry II

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*Graduation from a physical therapist education program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; accreditation@apta.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states. Briar Cliff University is seeking accreditation of a new physical therapist education program from CAPTE. The program will submit an Application for Candidacy, which is the formal application required in the pre-accreditation stage. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Candidate for Accreditation status. Achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status is required prior to implementation of the professional phase of the program; therefore, no students may be enrolled in professional courses until Candidate for Accreditation status has been achieved. Further, though achievement of Candidate for Accreditation status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation, it does not assure that the program will be granted accreditation.