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Pre-Physical Therapy

(pre-professional program)

Why Study Pre-Physical Therapy?

The pre-physical therapy program provides a well-rounded science foundation for students who choose to complete their bachelor’s degree in preparation for graduate school. Students gain valuable knowledge of the human body and human behavior which will allow them to work with patients to manage injuries or chronic conditions that hinder body mobility and function.

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Students interested in enrolling in physical therapy programs will need 40-60 hours of shadowing experience in multiple physical therapy facilities, including in private office and clinics, hospitals, patients’ homes and nursing homes.

Preparation for Medical Programs

Northwest offers pre-professional courses of study encompassing many careers. In most instances, these courses have been compiled with specific requirements of professional schools. Many professional schools require specific procedures in regard to entrance tests, application deadlines and interviews. Thus, students are encouraged to speak with faculty advisors in order to identify the best path for them to achieve their goal.

Students interested in attending a physical therapy school should be aware of prerequisites for admission to their intended school. These include minimum coursework in biology, chemistry, physics and classes in our general education curriculum. In addition to these minimum requirements, students should select a major that provides them with enough additional coursework to give them the best possible chance of scoring well on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). A number of different majors will successfully prepare students to go on to graduate school, including majors such as, Bachelor of Science in Biology/Psychology, Biology- Biomedical Sciences and Applied Health Sciences.

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