Professions Advisor

Liz Bryant
phone: (208) 885-6625
office: TLC 231-C

Mailing Address
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2436
Moscow, ID 83844-2436

Pre-Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy as a Career

An athlete stretchingMost PT schools require an undergraduate degree prior to matriculation, and then students typically complete a 3-year DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) program. For more information, see Explore Health Careers.org: Physical Therapist and American Physical Therapy Association: Physical Therapist (PT) Careers

University Course Work

  • Meet with your allied health advisor at least once every semester and add your name to the “pre-PT email distribution list.”  The allied health advisor assists students in choosing courses, developing class schedules, preparing a strong resume, navigating the very complicated application process, reviewing personal statements, and conducting mock interviews.
  • Choose a college major that you enjoy and that provides a good “back-up plan” and career path in case you change your mind about physical therapy. Common majors include Exercise Science and Biology.
  • Carefully check admission requirements at PT schools of most interest and take the required coursework.  In general, most PT schools require at a minimum:
    • A year of general chemistry (Chem 111 and 112) with labs
    • A year of general physics (Phys 111 and 112) with labs
    • Anatomy (Biology 120)
    • Physiology (Biology 121)
    • Statistics
    • One or more courses in biology
    • One or more courses in behavioral or social science
    For more detail, see PTCAS Prerequisites Summary (pdf) and specific PT program admission requirements
  • A group od students talking around the tableMaintain a competitive GPA.

School (Your Time at University)

  • Get significant shadowing and clinical experience and maintain a formal log (Professional Development Activities Log (Word)). Find out firsthand what the profession is like, decide if it is right for you, explore different areas of the field and in different settings (in-patient and out-patient), and be sure to meet clinical experience requirements of your preferred schools.
  • Develop strong relationships with faculty mentors, PT professionals, and others who will be writing letters of reference
  • Join the Pre-PT club and get involved in extracurricular, leadership, and volunteer activities

Applying to Physical Therapy School

Meet with the pre-health professions advisor every semester.

Liz Bryant
Phone: 208-885-6625
TLC 231-C

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