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Health Sciences – Physical Therapy

​​​​​​Have you ever had a sprain, or needed to wear a cast? Maybe you noticed it was difficult to regain your full mobility, even after it healed. Why does that happen? Studying Physical Therapy at McDaniel will show you how certain conditions affects mobility and how to assist in patient recovery.

Degree Types
Major , Specialization
Complementary Programs
Distinctive Requirements
Professional Development

The Physical Therapy specialization in the Health Sciences major at McDaniel will transform you into the care provider you dream of becoming. It is an opportunity to pursue studies in foundational health subjects, like chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and physical therapeutics. Students with plans to pursue careers in physical therapy will find their ideal experiential education through this specialization.

Guidance for Graduate School

McDaniel students have gone on to graduate and professional programs in allied health fields. Allied health advising can begin as early as the first semester on campus or whenever a student first decides to pursue a health-related career. Advisors work individually with students to build their McDaniel Plan.

Graph showing the estimated increase in physical therapist jobs between 2017 and 2025.

Distinctive Courses

KIN 2225 - Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries

Prevention, care, and management of injuries associated with physical activity and medical emergencies. Topics considered include basic human anatomy, recognition, and evaluation of injuries.

KIN 3222 - Exercise Physiology

The principles and concepts of physiological function will be discussed as they apply to human movement. Included with the principles and concepts will be selected methods and techniques of assessing physiological function under varied performance conditions. 

KIN 3309 - Practicum in Health

This course will provide practical experience (135 hours or more) in an allied health setting of interest to the student. Students will observe the routines of  practicing professionals to gain a better understanding of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to be successful in the field. Students will have the  opportunity to develop skills, attitudes, and behaviors that will help them be successful in the future. 

KIN 2001 - Medical Terminology

This course examines medical vocabulary including root words, prefixes and suffixes used in various health professions. Students review the nervous, skeletal, cardiovascular, muscle and other major systems of the human body, and discuss terms related to physiology, anatomy and pathological conditions. Students will develop a working knowledge of medical terms and abbreviations.

The McDaniel Commitment in Action

The McDaniel Commitment—a series of opportunities guaranteed to all students—provides enhanced mentoring and coaching, and ensures every undergraduate student completes at least two meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

McDaniel College alumna Emma Ardolino ‘10

Impressive Outcomes Former scholar athlete finds perfect career fit as physical therapist Career Ready

There’s not much McDaniel College alumna Emma Ardolino ‘10 enjoys more than watching patients in her physical therapy practice achieve their goals and get back to their pre-injury function.