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Study Pre Physical Therapy

Major in Biology with an Emphasis in Pre Physical Therapy
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Build a foundation for a career in physical therapy.

Our program is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and experiences to succeed in their journey towards becoming a licensed physical therapist.

It provides the foundational knowledge and prerequisite courses required for admission into accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs.


Understand the Body

Go beyond the specific skills required for physical therapy practice. Take courses in biology, anatomy, physiology, and more.

Hands-On Learning
Gain practical experience related to biomechanics and rehabilitation techniques through simulated activities.
Experience by Grad School

Engage in research projects and pursue specialized interests within the field before entering a graduate program.

What is a physical therapist?

A physical therapist helps patients with physical impairments and disabilities. Their services improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit disabilities. Physical therapists use a variety of techniques and treatments for patients to reach their maximum level of function:

  • exercise routines
  • manual therapy
  • assistive devices

Physical therapists play a critical role in helping individuals recover from injury and illness. They also promote overall health and wellness.

Classroom topics in Pre-Physical Therapy

Curriculum topics unique to the pre-physical therapy emphasis track include:

  • Biological sciences
  • Exercise science
  • Therapeutic intervention
  • Wellness strategies

Our students participate in lab work, hands-on clinical experience, and observation of licensed physical therapists.

How to become a physical therapist

A pre-professional program provides students with the necessary coursework and preparation for pursuing a career as a physical therapist. Gain a solid foundation in the basic sciences and an in-depth study of physical therapy theories and practices.

The pre-physical therapy emphasis track prepares students for entry into a professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. This program is required to become a licensed physical therapist.

How long does it take to become a physical therapist?

Becoming a physical therapist typically takes 7-8 years of education and training, including both pre-professional and professional components.

Additional information
for the School of Science and Mathematics

Catalog – see program guides