Pre-Physical Therapy

Physical therapists (PTs) are highly educated, licensed healthcare professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility. They provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes.

Students interested in pursuing pre-physical therapy will follow a track similar to pre-med track students; however, the pre-physical therapy track requires significantly less chemistry course work. Pre-requisites for Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs vary from program to program, but the vast majority require course work in biology, physics, statistics, chemistry, and social/behavioral science. Students are free to pursue the major of their choice as long as they complete the pre-requisites for the programs they plan to apply to. Students also must take the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), and for most programs complete a minimum number of shadowing hours with a physical therapist.