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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)

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.