BS in Health Sciences, Physical Therapy Emphasis Degree


UCA offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Health Sciences – Physical Therapy Emphasis.  This degree is designed for students who are interested in physical therapy and plan to apply for DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) Degree -see UCA DPT Brochure 2017-2018.  The Health Sciences – Physical Therapy Emphasis is described in the UCA Bulletin and requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including general education requirements, major degree requirements, and 40 upper division credit hours. See the Academic Map for the suggested course sequence and the advising course and CHECKSHEET.

Completion of the BS in Health Sciences, Physical Therapy Emphasis degree provides students with the necessary prerequisite coursework necessary to apply to the DPT Degree additional requirements for application are described on the DPT Degree web page.

If you are considering this major, contact the Department at 501-450-3611 or send an email to: for questions about the degree requirements for this major, DPT prerequisites, admission options and deadlines, and clinical observation requirements.  For detailed information about the DPT Program see our UCA DPT Brochure 2017-2018.

Freshman Admission

Students who begin at UCA as a freshman with a 30 or higher on the ACT (1320 on SAT in critical thinking and math) from high school are eligible for Freshman Admission to the DPT Program. Freshman admit students who maintain the necessary requirements will be automatically admitted to the DPT program.   Actual enrollment will occur after completion of the baccalaureate degree.To maintain freshman admission status students must:  take all coursework at UCA, complete the GRE by October 1 of senior year (DPT application deadline), attend three Pre-PT Club meetings each year, by September 1 of application year hold a 3.70 cumulative GPA and 3.50 cumulative science GPA, complete 45 hours of observation of a physical therapist at 3 different physical therapy settings, complete 22 hours of required science by October 1 of senior year and complete their bachelor’s degree and all required prerequisites by August of the year of enrollment in the DPT program.  See UCA DPT Brochure 2017-2018 for more information. Students interested in freshman admission can contact Mr. Mike Hawkinson for more information about the program and application process by email at or by phone at (501) 450-5541.

Pre-PT Club

The Pre-PT Club is a recognized student organization at UCA for students who are majoring in Health Sciences – Physical Therapy Emphasis.  The club meets the first Tuesday of each month during X-period.  The meetings are designed to help the majors learn about the profession of physical therapy or prepare them for an upcoming event.  For more information, contact the Department at 501-450-3611.

Documents and Links:

The UCA DPT Brochure 2017-2018 Includes detailed information about the DPT program, admission, application, prerequisites, and more.

UCA Admissions – 

Academic Map (AMAP) for BS in Health Sciences Degree – PT Emphasis.

BS Health Science PT Emphasis Majors CHECKSHEET for students entering UCA Fall 2013 and later.

Honors Program for BS Health Science PT Emphasis Majors – graduation requirements for students pursuing Departmental Honors

Link to Arkansas Course Transfer System

Link to:  Arkansas Four Year Schools PT Prerequisite Course Equivalency to UCA


The University of Central Arkansas is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as a bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s, and doctoral degree granting institution and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.   The BS in Health Science, PT Emphasis degree is accredited by HLC.  The Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Central Arkansas is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245;; website:

For more information about the BS in Health Science, PT Emphasis degree, contact the Department of Physical Therapy at (501) 450-3611 or email to