• Overview
  • First steps toward a career as a physical therapist.

    The pre-physical therapy (PT) focus is an advising program to help students select courses and become well prepared for application to physical therapy school.

    The steps toward your career as a physical therapist begin by taking the required pre-PT courses, completing your undergraduate degree, and gaining required clinical experience. Course work will include chemistry, physics, anatomy, physiology, biology, psychology and statistics. Common pre-PT majors include biology, exercise science, psychology, and nutrition. You will also need to seek out volunteer opportunities to shadow physical therapists and to work with patients in a variety of clinical settings.

    Completing these steps are prerequisites for applying to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program for three additional years of specialized training.

  • Degree Fit
  • This program is a good fit if you:
    • Enjoy learning about the human body
    • Like to work with people and to help others
    • Are interested in caring for people’s health
  • Career Outcomes
  • This program prepares you to become a:
    • Physical therapist