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(Pre-) Physical Therapy

Physical therapists, sometimes called PTs, are licensed health care professionals who assist patients to improve mobility and reduce pain. Physical therapists provide care in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practice, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, and nursing homes.
 
The pre-physical therapy program is a pre-professional curriculum whereby all the necessary prerequisites can be completed in preparation for applying to a school of physical therapy. All PT’s must earn a graduate degree from an accredited program. The department provides advising to assist each student in developing a plan best suited to his/her needs. Acceptance by physical therapy schools is on a competitive basis, therefore, a strong undergraduate academic record is essential. Students must declare an undergraduate major along with the Pre-Professional curriculum.  Students must earn a bachelor’s degree, have a basic science background and complete a certain number of required courses before applying to a professional physical therapy program.
 

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are drawn to helping people
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Easily adapt to changes
  • Have strong interpersonal skills
  • Enjoy physical activity

Suggested Majors

  • Exercise Science (B.S.)
  • Community and Public Health (B.S.)
  • Human Biology (B.S.)
  • Human Development and Family Studies (B.S.)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)
  • Psychology (B.S.)

Suggested Minors

  • Biology
  • Health Education
  • Health Science
  • Nutrition

Professional Schools Admitting Graduates

  • University of South Dakota
  • Des Moines University
  • Creighton University
  • Mayo School of Health Sciences
  • University of North Dakota

Clubs and Organizations

  • Pre-Physical and Pre-Occupational Therapy Club
  • Exercise Science
  • HEROH (Helping Everyone Reach Optimal Health)

To learn more specific details about program requirements, view this program in the course catalog.

View the recommended academic plan.

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.