Pre-Physical Therapy

Students who choose a course of study that leads to a career as a physical therapist will prepare to work in settings such as hospitals, clinics, schools and fitness centers and to help people improve their quality of life. Most in the field begin with a biomedical science or an athletic training major, a path often aimed at medical school. You'll also work with a dedicated adviser to tailor your learning and improve your chance of admission to a post-graduate program.

Program Highlights

  • Smart classrooms, technology-enhanced lecture halls, advanced laboratories and secure storage for materials in the updated Robert H. Wick Science Building, the center for most pre-professional programs.
  • Strong base of scientific knowledge established through biology, chemistry and physiology courses.
  • New anatomy and physiology suite in a remodeled Wick Science Building.
  • Opportunity to develop relevant skills in classwork, laboratory research and fieldwork with nationally recognized faculty members.
  • Work or internship experience in physical/occupational therapy at a nursing home, recreation program, nursery school or day activity center will complete the requirement for admission to professional school.  

Program Distinctions

  • High success rate in admission to professional schools.
  • Chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society.
  • Minnesota has more than 480 medical device firms registered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Internationally recognized Human Performance Lab on campus does corporate research and athlete testing and operates community education and adult fitness programs.
  • Earth Day Half Marathon draws thousands interested in healthful activity to the campus annually.
  • On campus activities such as UChoose, Relay for Life and Students for Health provide opportunities to promote healthful lifestyles.

Student Organizations

  • Medical Professions Association (MPA)
  • Students for Health
  • Student Health Action & Advisory Committee (SHAAC )
  • Biology Club
  • Chemistry Club

Popular Careers

  • Physical therapist
  • Researcher
  • Trainer