How to Select a Pre-Physical Therapy School
Individuals who would ultimately like to study physical therapy can find pre-physical therapy undergraduate programs at 4-year colleges and universities. Those interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy are first required to attain a bachelor's degree. There is no mandatory major field of study; however, students must complete specific classes to qualify for admission to graduate school programs in this field.
Further considerations when searching for a school in this field:
- Check with schools to determine which classes are required for admittance and confirm that undergrad school offers necessary curriculum.
- Look for schools with a dedicated physical therapy program that offers both undergraduate and graduate options.
- Search for accredited schools approved by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).
Pre-Physical Therapy Degree Program Overview
Common majors of study for prospective physical therapy students include biology, psychology, sociology and chemistry. These programs tend to include the courses that are necessary to enter a graduate-level physical therapy program. Although course requirements vary by schools, there are certain areas of study a prospective physical therapy student should pursue regardless of his or her major. Some of these courses include:
- General psychology
- Human anatomy and physiology
Continuing Education in Physical Therapy
With a bachelor's degree, individuals can apply for admittance into a physical therapy graduate program. Most states require prospective physical therapists to have a master's or doctoral degree to qualify for licensure. Both physical therapy assistant and physical therapy candidates must pass the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) to earn a license.
Top Schools with Physical Therapy Programs
|University of Southern California||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|University of Delaware||4-year, Public|
|University of Pittsburgh||4-year, Public|
|Washington University in St. Louis||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|University of Iowa||4-year, Public|
|U.S. Army - Baylor University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Emory University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|MGH Institute of Health Professions||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Northwestern University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|University of Miami||4-year, Private not-for-profit|