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
- 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.)
- Health Education
- Health Science
Clubs and Organizations
- Pre-Physical and Pre-Occupational Therapy Club
- Exercise Science
- HEROH (Helping Everyone Reach Optimal Health)
Professional Schools Admitting Graduates
- University of South Dakota
- Des Moines University
- Creighton University
- Mayo School of Health Sciences
- University of North Dakota
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.