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.  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 2016 Academic Map for the suggested course sequence.

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.  Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions Sheet FAQ BS HS PT.

If you are considering this major, contact the academic advisor, Charlotte Fant, at 501-450-3611 or email  to discuss the degree requirements for this major, DPT prerequisites, admission options and deadlines, and clinical observation requirements.

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 Charlotte Fant at 501-450-3611.

Documents and Links:

UCA Admissions – 

FAQ Sheet DPT  Frequently Asked Questions –  DPT Program

FAQ BS HS PT Frequently Asked Questions BS Health Sciences PT Emphasis Degree

2016 Academic Map (AMAP) for BS in Health Sciences Degree – PT Emphasis.

UCA BS HS- PT Emphasis CHECKSHEET updated 10-15-2015 for students entering UCA Fall 2013 and later.

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

UCA DPT Brochure 2014-2015

Link to Arkansas Course Transfer System

Link to:  Arkansas Four Year Schools PT Prequisite 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 Arkansasis accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245;; website: