Physical Therapy

Overview:

Physical Therapists (PTs) provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients with injuries or disease. PTs work closely with patients and clients to restore, maintain, and promote their overall fitness and wellness for healthier and more active lifestyles. Patients may include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low back pain, fractures, head injuries, arthritis, heart disease, and cerebral palsy.

PTs take the patient’s/client’s history and conduct a systems review, and perform tests and measures such as strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function, to identify potential and existing problems. Based on the examination and the physical therapist’s evaluative judgment, PTs determine a patient diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of care that describes evidence-based treatment strategies and the anticipated functional outcomes. Finally, as a part of the plan of care, PTs determine the patient's ability to be independent and reintegrate into the community or workplace after injury or illness.

Resources:

Professional Organization

Common Application Service

Entrance Exam

  • Name: Requirements vary by school

Financial Aid Programs

GPA:

  • Minimum:3.3
  • Average: 3.5
  • Average GRE: 300
  • Average Job Shadow Hours: 50+

 

PRE-REQUISITE COURSES FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY

  • Principles of Biology w/labs 2 semesters
  • General Chemistry w/labs 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry w/labs 2 semesters
  • Physics w/labs 2 semesters
  • Psychology 1 semester
  • English 2 semesters
  • Biochemistry 1 semester
  • Math 2 semesters (Calc. and Stats)

 

BS Biology:  Pre-Physical Therapy

Last Updated 12/15/15