English Program Overview

The B.A. in Biology, B.A. in Biochemistry, B.S. in Exercise Science and the B.S. in Neuroscience provide excellent preparation for physical therapy (PT) programs. Maryville College students have stellar placement into PT schools due to the rigorous academic program, the emphasis on undergraduate research, and the personal reference letters made by their faculty. During their tenure at MC, students are advised to work at a physical therapy office.

This hands-on experience combined with the rigorous academic coursework and undergraduate research provides Maryville College students ideal preparation for PT school.

Maryville College faculty members work closely with MC students, both in courses and conducting research. As a result, Maryville College faculty members are able to write excellent letters of reference and recommendation for MC students because faculty and students truly know one another.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

Course Offerings

Anatomy and Physiology I & II

Additional Physiology (e.g., pathophysiology, exercise physiology)

General Biology I & II

Two Additional Biology (e.g., cell, embryology, genetics, histology, immunology, microbiology, molecular)

General Chemistry I & II

General Psychology

Additional Psychology (e.g., abnormal, developmental, rehabilitation, sports)


Math (e.g., algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry)

Medical Terminology

English Composition

Social Science



All of the courses are offered at Maryville College either through our Core Curriculum or as part of our PHR major & major-related courses. Our students gain interpersonal skills, effective communication, through writing and speaking, and research skills as part of our liberal arts education. Our PHR Majors explore how the human body works, moves and reacts to physical activity, injury and rehabilitation, through lecture and experiential learning. Both the liberal arts and the PHR major with the major related classes prepare our students for Graduate School.

A student must complete a graduate degree program from an accredited University/College and pass a National Physical Therapy Licensing Exam to become a Physical Therapist. Many programs are Doctoral of Physical Therapy programs and require three years of Graduate School.