Pre-Physical Therapy

What Undergraduate Major Should You Select?

Students may major in any discipline in their undergraduate program. In addition to degree requirements for the chosen major, students interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Physical Therapy must complete a variety of prerequisite coursework. It is important that you refer to the programs that you are interested in applying to in order to learn about prerequisite requirements. The University of South Alabama DPT prerequisite requirements can be found in the current bulletin.

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, most Doctor of Physical Therapy students earned undergraduate majors in: exercise science, biology, kinesiology, and psychology, although we have had successful applicants from a variety of majors including Education, Engineering, Music, and other arts. As with all students, we advise that you consider career options available to you when you select your undergraduate major. Would you enjoy working in this field if you decided physical therapy was not your ultimate career goal?

Students admitted to the USA DPT program over the past several years have come from a variety of undergraduate programs including:

Athletic Training
Biomedical Sciences
Exercise Science
Health Care Management
Human Development/Family Studies
International Studies
Professional Health Science
Radiologic Sciences
Rehabilitation Services

Please refer to the American Physical Therapy Association website for information regarding the profession as well as undergraduate major advice.

Pre-PT Advising

For Academic Advising for Pre-PT students, please call (251) 445-9260. In order to meet requirements for application to graduate studies, Pre-PT students should schedule regular appointments with their Pre-PT advisor. They will be happy to work with you to guide you through the Pre-PT requirements including required coursework, observations, and graduate school application information. Pre-PT students may click here to schedule an appointment

Pre-PT Club

The Pre-Physical Therapy (Pre-PT) Club is an undergraduate student-run organization affiliated with the University Of South Alabama Program Of Physical Therapy. Membership in the Pre-PT Club provides students opportunities to meet other students who are interested in physical therapy and to learn more about the physical therapy profession. This is an active group involved in community service, improving academics, and the development of a network of like-minded people. 
For additional information or questions, email us.
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Pre-PT Faculty Advisor:  Dr Jeremy Fletcher