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Physical therapists enjoy rewarding careers as key players in improving patients’ mobility and physical health. As a physical therapist, you might help an accident victim regain the use of his arms, teach a stroke victim to walk again, or improve the mobility of a child with cerebral palsy. Physical therapists work in hospitals, clinics, homes, nursing care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and schools. Physical therapists also teach and conduct research.

Will I need further study?
What should I major in?
What are the course requirements?
What about advising?
Where can I find additional information?

Will I need further study?
Yes, you will need to attend professional school to earn a doctor of physical therapy degree (DPT). Typically these programs are about three years in length.

What should I major in?
As a pre-physical therapy student you may choose any major, but you must complete the course requirements to apply of any individual DPT schools.

What are the course requirements?
Prequisite courses will vary from one school to another and students must check with them directly for admission criteria. Physical therapy schools typically require a significant number of clinical hours in one or more physical therapy settings. Recommended courses include:

  • BIO 107, 108, 200, 201
  • CHM 211, 212
  • ENG 105, 106
  • MTH 121, 132, and Statistics
  • PHY 111, 112 or 121, 122
  • PSY 210, 315, 327
  • SOC 211
  • Humanities

What about advising?
Expert advising is an important part of the Patterson Center for the Health Professions. You will meet with one of our expert advisors to discuss your specific academic and professional interests. Your advisor will work with you throughout your Elmhurst career, clearing obstacles and giving expert guidance. Want to know more? See Advisors.

Where can I find additional information?
You can start by contacting us at Elmhurst’s Patterson Center for the Health Professions as well as check out these useful web sites:

American Physical Therapy Association
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is a national professional organization representing more than 63,000 members.

Physical Therapy—The Web Space: Text/Journals
This page offers a comprehensive list of print and online journals that are connected with the field of physical therapy.

Physical Therapists
Information about job outlook and working conditions from the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

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