Sep 19, 2019  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Recreational Therapy (BS) - Physical Therapy 3+3

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The Recreational Therapy Program offers a Pre-Physical Therapy 3+3 option for students interested in a career as a Physical Therapist. Undergraduate students work with their academic advisor to complete the courses needed to fulfill the requirements for both an undergraduate degree and the admissions requirements for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

The first year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program meets the requirements for the fourth year of the undergraduate degree. Approved undergraduate majors in Biology, Exercise Science, and Health Science-Public Health are also available for the Pre-Physical Therapy 3+3 option. Other majors can be used to pursue the Doctor of Physical Therapy, but students cannot apply until after completing their undergraduate degree and they, too, must meet all Doctor of Physical Therapy admission criteria.


If any of these requirements are not met, the 3+3 designation will be removed from the student’s record:

  1. A 3.0 or higher overall GPA must be maintained by the student.
  2. The student can only be enrolled in the Pre-Physical Therapy 3+3 program for a maximum of three (3) years, full-time continuous enrollment (fall/spring).

Provision for Slippery Rock Pre-PHYSICAL THERAPY 3+3 Students entering the Doctor of Physical Therapy program:
Should a Pre-Physical Therapy 3+3 student be unsuccessful in completing the 1st year (any of summer, fall, or spring terms) of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and wants to complete the original undergraduate degree, it is solely up to the discretion of the undergraduate program Department Chair to determine which, if any, Physical Therapy courses will count toward the completion of his/her undergraduate degree. In addition, students must complete any unfulfilled requirements of their undergraduate major. Students may still apply to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program with an earned Bachelor’s degree.

For application requirements, please refer to Slippery Rock University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program website.

Required Course - Credits: 3

Required Therapeutic Recreation Core Courses - Credits: 21

Evidence of current First Aid & CPR certification must be provided prior to enrollment in RCTH 450, Internship. 

Certification Requirements - Credits: 15

Check with your academic adviser / department regarding certification requirements.

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