Typical physical therapist classes include those in anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology, behavioral sciences and clinical reasoning. Examples include Gross Human Anatomy and Physical Therapy Examination, which are part of the physical therapy curriculum at Boston University college of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Approximately 80 percent of the physical therapy curriculum is classroom work, and 20 percent is clinical education, states the American Physical Therapy Association.
As of June 2015, no school in the United States offers master degrees in physical therapy to new students. Instead, students must complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy program and pass a state licensure exam to become a physical therapist. Additional coursework for the degree includes classes in neuroscience, pharmacology, management science, communication, pathology and evidence-based practice.
An example semester of courses for a physical therapy degree could include the following classes: Clinical Medicine I, Evidence Based Practice I, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary System I, Musculoskelatal System I and Integrated Clinical Experience I. In Clinical Medicine I at Boston University, students learn an overview of human tissue response to injury and pain. Evidence Based Practice I teaches students the skills to form and research clinical questions. Courses such as Musculoskelatal System I allow students to focus on the individual systems of human anatomy.