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2024-2025 Springfield College Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Springfield College Catalog

Dance/Health Science - Pre-Physical Therapy, B.A.


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Program Description


Dance is the art of movement and a fundamental expression of human experience.  Through dance, as in all the arts, students develop the capacity to transform themselves, to become artistic leaders in their communities, to educate, to heal, and to advocate for positive social change. In the past few decades, the study and application of dance knowledge have blended with theories from sciences and the health professions that focus on the embodiment and application of improving human movement.  Students in this program are imbued with both a strong arts and science foundation that directly supports and leads to studies in physical therapy. 

This program taps into two of our already existing programs to provide a unique experience for students who want to focus their academic studies in two related disciplines, dance and movement studies and physical therapy.  The program will admit students to an undergraduate dual-degree program in both dance and health science on the pre-physical therapy track (HSPT) with direct entry to the DPT program for graduate studies (contingent on meeting the HSPT to DPT academic standards).  
 
Admissions Process:
Candidates applying for admission must submit application materials for physical therapy as well as audition for the dance major. Dance major auditions take place in November and February. The physical therapy program candidates are required to have a strong background in the sciences and mathematics along with exposure to physical therapy practice in a healthcare setting. December 1 is the admissions deadline for all admissions materials for physical therapy applicants. Further details about the application procedure are available from the Admissions Office. 

Program Highlights


Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Required Credits: 120

School: School of Arts and Sciences

Department: Visual and Performing Arts

Modality: On-Ground

Locations: Main Campus (Springfield)

Additional Information: https://springfield.edu/programs/dancepre-pt-dpt

Program Standards


Students are required to follow the policies and procedures of the Department of Physical Therapy found in the Pre-Physical Therapy Student Handbook. Dance majors must maintain a B- or higher in all DANC major courses. To advance into the three years of graduate/professional study in the DPT program, students must:

1. Have a cumulative gpa of 3.00 or better

2. Have successfully completed all Pre-Professional Studies Requirements (AEXS 313, BIOL 121/123, BIOL 122/124, BIOL 250/252, BIOL 251/253, CHEM 121/123, CHEM 122/124, MATH 125 or MATH 131 or MATH 140, HSCI 225 or MATH 215 or PSYC 211, PHTH 310, PHYS 210 or PHYS 310, PHYS 211 or PHYS 311, and PSYC 101 or PSYC 109 or PSYC 135) with a grade of ‘C’ or better and a combined gpa of 3.30 or greater

Undergraduate Curriculum Overview


The Academic Advising Center provides the following repositories of sequencing and curriculum guides for all undergraduate majors and minors to assist with course planning:  

Additional Notes:

  • There may be circumstances where credit totals do not reflect coursework that is eligible to count towards Core Curriculum and Major Requirement sections of a major simultaneously.
  • Degree requirements are subject to change. 

I. Core Curriculum (40 credits)


This Core Curriculum is faithful to the Springfield College mission and further strengthens the Humanics philosophy of educating students in spirit, mind, and body. It is a cornerstone of a Springfield College education. Regardless of one’s major, it provides a strong, developmental, and holistic foundation for leaders in service to humanity. Upon completion, all graduates will be prepared to learn, lead, and serve in diverse, multicultural, and global contexts as well as in any career path they may choose. They will have the knowledge, habits of the mind, skills, and abilities to face unexpected situations and challenges, the values and attitudes for self-motivation and a vision of service that stems from hope, optimism and making a difference, as well as the self-determination to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

View the Core Curriculum Requirements (40 credits)  section for a complete list of the domains and courses therein.

II. Major Requirements (87 credits)


*Coursework within the Dance/Health Science - - Pre-Physical Therapy section also satisfies the Aesthetic Expression, Scientific Reasoning, and Wellness and Physical Literacy 100-level domains of the Core Curriculum.  There are 80 unique credits of Required Courses in the Dance/Health Science - Pre-Physical Therapy major.

A. Required Courses (69 credits)


*Coursework within this Required Courses section also satisfies the Aesthetic Expression, Scientific Reasoning, and Wellness and Physical Literacy 100-level domains of the Core Curriculum.  There are 61 unique credits of Required Courses in the Dance/Health Science - - Pre-Physical Therapy major.

B. Performing Arts Selective (3 credits)


Select 3 credits from the following list:

D. Behavioral Science Selective (3 credits)


Select 3 credits from the following list:

E. Mathematics Selective (3 credits)


Select 3 credits from the following list:

F. Statistics Selective (3 credits)


Select 3 credits from the following list:

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