Pre-Physical Therapy Studies

A pre-physical therapy program prepares undergraduate students to earn a master's degree in physical therapy at an accredited university. In your pre-physical therapy program, you can expect to receive instruction in the core areas you'll need to be successful to transition to a master's program. Typical courses you will study include anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, chemistry, biology, and physics. While some of the subjects will be hands-on, you typically won't complete any clinical work until you start your master's degree. Most students go on to earn a master's degree in physical therapy after completing a pre-physical therapy program. However, others may choose different career paths in the health care field.

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University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky is a land-grant university that was founded in 1865 in Lexington, Kentucky. U.S. News & World Report ranks UK as #63 in Top Public Schools. The most popular fields of study at this “selective” university are Education,...

“…University of Kentucky is a prosperous community for many students. I am out of state and I feel like I have lived in Lexington, KY my whole life. Teachers are here to help and students are friendly, I give UK a 10/10. ” – Mikayla from Kansas City, MO

Pace University-New York

Originally founded as a one room accounting school, Pace University is a 4-year research institution in Manhattan. Pace is home to six colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 65 academic majors. In addition, the Manhattan campus...

“…Pace University is a great school that has afforded me so many fantastic opportunities I would not have received had I gone elsewhere. Pace has the most fantastic location in the heart of downtown Manhattan, making it ideal for anyone who wants to...” – Sarah in Brooklyn, NY

Western Washington University

Western Washington University is a public institution located in the coastal city of Bellingham. WWU offers more than 160 academic programs on the campus, which is surrounding by 6 miles of trails for students to explore. The university was named a...

“…beautiful campus full of friendly, welcoming people. a diverse amount of academic programs with excellence in many. in the middle of an awesome town with many attractions and places to go. ” – Kyle from Shoreline, WA

University of Dayton

Founded by Marianist priests in 1850, The University of Dayton is a Roman Catholic university and the second largest private school in Ohio. Dayton is home to schools of Law, Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, and Education...

“…ud is the perfect school for a home away from home! academically, they have tons of programs and more classes than you can imagine with amazing professors. student life is so fun every night whether staying in with your floor mates, going out to the...” – Morgan from Cincinnati, OH

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Founded in 1869, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale is a public flagship university and the oldest university in the SIU system. SIU is home to ten colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an Honors Program. For...

“…The physical functionality of the school has its ups and downs. Though there are some students here with non-academic goals, there are just as many dedicated, aspiring professionals. The teaching and administration, and the opportunities offered are...” – Ashaun from Carbondale, IL

Lipscomb University

Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Lipscomb University is a Christian liberal arts institution in Nashville. Lipscomb confers undergraduate degrees in 176 academic areas of study. As a Christian university, Lipscomb holds chapel services twice...

“…lipscomb is an excellent school with a very caring faculty and staff. the christian community here is uplifting and encouraging.” – Jessica from Smyrna, TN

Midwestern State University

Founded in 1922 in Wichita Falls, Midwestern State University is the only institution in the state to become a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). The 255-acre campus near Sikes Lakes offers 49 undergraduate programs and...

“…I couldn't sum it up in 3 sentences. I love being a student at Midwestern State University! The class sizes are small, especially once you get really into your degree plan. I love being able to stop by my professors office and ask questions without...” – Bethaney from Stamford, TX

California Baptist University

California Baptist University is a private, Christian institution affiliated with the Southern Baptist Conventions. The 160-acre campus in Riverside, CA, features 10 schools and colleges that offer 76 bachelor’s degrees with Christ-centered...

“…CBU is the place to be if you are looking for a smaller, community-oriented, and serious academic school. CBU's motto is Live your purpose. If you don't know what your life purpose is yet, CBU might just be the place to discover it!” – Brittney from Riverside, CA

Faulkner University

Originally founded as Montgomery Bible School, Faulkner University is a Christian liberal arts school in Montgomery affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Faulkner confers undergraduate degrees in over 70 academic majors and its honors program...

“…very proactive hands on teachers that are serious about helping you to learn.” – Colea from Montgomery, AL

Merrimack College
North Andover, MA
Merrimack College

Founded by the Order of St. Augustine, Merrimack College is a Catholic-affiliated institution in the greater Boston area. Merrimack is home to five schools conferring over 100 undergrad and graduate degrees. As a Catholic college, Merrimack...

“…Merrimack is a small catholic campus. Everyone seems to want you to feel welcome. ” – I'm applying to Merrimack

The University of Findlay

Founded in 1882, the University of Findlay is a private institution based in Findlay, OH. UF is affiliated with the Churches of God General Conference and is rated as having “more selective” admissions. The school offers liberal arts-based degree...

“…i love the university of findlay because of the small campus atmosphere. teachers and staff are always willing to talk to and help you with whatever you may need. classes are exciting and fun because the small class sizes allow for hands-on...” – Kristen from Richmond, IN

Maryville College

Founded in 1819 and situated near the Great Smoky Mountains, Maryville College is a 4-year liberal arts college in east Tennessee. Maryville confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 60 academic programs. Surrounded by a 140-acre forest, Maryville...

“…Maryville College is a beautiful, historical college; every building tells a different story. You learn so much in your four years here and you graduate knowing all your professors, and some you didn't even have, on a personal level. Beware though:...” – Ravyn from Knoxville, TN

Western Colorado University

Deep in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Western Colorado University delivers a full liberal arts curriculum and career preparation in more than 100 areas of study. Encouraging a tight-knit community, WCU’s goal is to provide personalized attention...

“…Western was, without a doubt, one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Almost every professor I had was not only extremely knowledgeable, but also truly cared about the student's success. Similarly, the students were all welcoming and...” – ADM from Gunnison, CO

Becker College

Formed by the union of two Massachusetts educational institutions, Becker College is a 4-year college in central Massachusetts and one of the 25 oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States. Becker is home to five schools across two...

“…The ideal learning environment for young scholars. A great place to network with other people. A place overflowing with opportunity.” – Reshad from Miami, FL

Minot State University

Minot State University is a public institution located in Minot, North Dakota. Minot State is home to three colleges, of Business, of Education & Health Sciences, and of Arts & Sciences. On top of the wide variety of majors and minors provided on...

“…although you wouldn't guess it by school size and location, minot state university is a fantastic place to study. you can find great professors who have gone out into the world to work in their field and, one day, decided they'd rather settle down...” – Megan from Rapid City, SD

Adrian College

Founded by an antislavery advocate in 1859, Adrian College is a 4-year liberal arts college in southeast Michigan. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Adrian awards bachelor’s degrees in 50 academic majors. In addition to classroom space,...

“…This is a great little college with a beautiful campus. Grocery stores are literally just around the corner so there is no need for a car, just a good, comfy pair of sneakers. Most of the staff is pretty great, too.” – Jessica from West Bloomfield, MI

Snow College

Snow College is a public institution located in rural Ephraim, Utah. Snow is a community college that offers a variety of associate degrees and professional certifications as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial Music and a Bachelor of...

“…Snow College has helped me to become a well-rounded young adult. This institution has aided me in the process of becoming an excellent student and a contributing member of the community. I have loved every second of my experience at Snow College. ” – Amber from Spanish Fork, UT

Fresno Pacific University is a private Christian institution based in Fresno, California. It is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Churches. All academic programs offered at FPU highlight the importance of ethics, character development, and...

“…FPU is the perfect school for students looking for a college that places equal importance on academics and building relationships. The school's motto is Founded on Christ and it is lived out everyday on campus by students, teachers, and faculty alike...” – Corie from Madera, CA

South Plains College is a 2-year community college based in Levelland, Texas with satellite branches in Plainview and Lubbock. SPC awards professional and technical certifications as well as associate degrees. Popular fields of study include welding,...

“…This school encourages you to pursue your career goals. The teachers are very helpful. The small environment encourages students to learn and get more face time with teachers.” – Jaslyn from Lubbock, TX

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Chartered in 1845, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a Christian school in central Texas and the state’s oldest continuously operating college. UMHB grants bachelor’s degrees in 51 academic programs and all first year students are enrolled in a...

“…mary hardin-baylor is an exceptional school with passionate teachers and wonderful students. the university and staff base their teachings on faith-based learning. umhb is a great environment to grow as a student and a constructive member of society....” – Casey from Temple, TX

Lubbock Christian University

Lubbock Christian University is a private institution closely affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is based in Lubbock, Texas, and offers a Christ-centered professional curriculum. Popular majors include nursing, business, and design and visual...

“…The campus is very compact, with every class I'll need in only one or two buildings. The people are extremely friendly and ready to help you as necessary. Campus life seems fun and there apparently is never a dull moment.” – Zoe from Ransom Canyon, TX

Oakwood University

Founded in 1896 as an educational institution for freedmen, Oakwood University is a Christian school in northern Alabama and an Historically Black College and University. Operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Oakwood is home to schools of...

“…I think that Oakwood U is a wonderful college, where there have many courses you can take, especially if you are majoring in Biology and want to attend Oakwood, there is a wonderful Biology program. It is a great experience for me because I visit...” – Liselle from Brooklyn, NY

Kilgore College is a community college based in Kilgore, Texas, and is one of the most affordable institutions of higher education in the state. Kilgore offers professional and technical certifications as well as associate degree programs....

“…As a high school Senior I have advanced my ranking with the help of Kilgore College dual credit courses from 17 to now ranked 4th in my graduating class, graduation May 25th. Kilgore College's help line and staff have been there to make any...” – Kadi from Gladewater, TX

Sterling College

Sterling College is a private, Christ-centered institution located in the state of Kansas. Students enrolling at Sterling are required to live on campus, with the exception of students who are either living with immediate family, or in their fifth...

“…Everyone knows everyone and takes care of each other. Such a nice atmosphere to constantly be around. The whole town supports the school and the sport teams.” – Haley from Whittier, CA

Angelina College

Angelina College is a two-year community college based in Lufkin, Texas with nine other campuses throughout the state. The school has an open admissions policy and offers associate’s degrees and certifications. College credit is offered for life...

“…this college has been a great experience. the professors at angelina have given me the tools i need to transfer to a 4 year university. enjoyed the experience that angelina has to offer. ” – James from Nacogdoches, TX

Holmes Community College is a public, 2-year institution established primarily in Goodman, Mississippi. Along with the main campus, the college maintains satellite facilities in Kosciusko, Webster, Grenada, and Ridgeland. HCC offers a wide variety of...

“…i have been going to night class, this is the best. i am now taking day class and i love the campus and the instructors they really care about the student. the advisor have an open door policy... it's great” – Robbie from Flora, MS

Anderson University

Anderson University is a Christian liberal arts college in western South Carolina with close ties to the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Anderson is home to nine colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in 36 academic majors and all...

“…Anderson University provides an excellent Christ Centered atmosphere for all students. The classes are excellent, yet challenging, with caring and knowledgeable teachers. Anderson University is an excellent school that provides many opportunities and...” – AU Student

Keystone College

Founded in 1868, Keystone College is a private school situated in the Endless Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. The school offers a Keystone Promise which guarantees that students will be employed within six months of graduating if they fulfill...

“…I think Keystone is the perfect school to grow and learn, the faculty and students there are very nice. And the campus is beautiful. Most of the classes are small so it is easier to learn and have your questions answered it you have any.” – Kristy from Duryea, PA

MCPHS University

Founded in 1823 as the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, MCPHS University is a private school of healthcare programs in Boston and the second-oldest college of pharmacy in the nation. MCPHS is home to 12 schools of healthcare hosting over 100...

“…i absolultey love the experience that i had while attending mcphs. the community is very welcoming, education is superb, and the faculty and staff are very welcoming. overall great college to attend,” – Aurora from Boston, MA

Walla Walla University

Walla Walla University is a private institution founded in 1892 and is founded on Christian teachings and values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Walla Walla is rated as having a “selective” admissions process and orchestrates an honors program...

“…The teachers are always willing to help you, even if you just need to talk. The level of education and resources at this university are phenomenal; we have a wide variety of teachers that have excellent application experience to what they're teaching...” – Liliya from Alvarado, TX

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Originally founded as a men’s college, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a coeducational Lasallian Catholic institution in southeast Minnesota. Saint Mary’s is home to a residential liberal arts college granting undergraduate degrees in 59...

“…Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is a small, liberal arts college. I was drawn to this university by the close-knit community atmosphere. I really appreciated getting to know my professors on a first-name basis and getting a lot of attention...” – Lauren from Mount Horeb, WI

Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca Nazarene University is a private, Christian institution established in Nashville, Tennessee. All incoming students are required to take the Life, Calling, and Purpose course, which includes an optional 3-day trek through the wilderness. In...

“…Trevecca has been a wonderful experience for me. You will find a community that wants to accept you and learn from you, if you are willing to seek it out. The professors actually care about their students here, too!” – a student

Asbury University

Founded in 1890, Asbury University is a multi-denominational Christian liberal arts college in central Kentucky. Asbury is home to 15 academic departments conferring undergrad degrees in over 150 fields of study, including the only Equine Studies...

“…Asbury University is an excellent place for spiritual growth through diligent teaching of God's Word. Asbury University is a fast-growing,stable environment for the young mind. Asbury University is a life long journey for the students as well as the...” – Tara from Lexington, KY

Casper College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of Wyoming. The college offers associate degrees and certificates across all subjects, as well as programs in continuing education, workforce training, and adult education....

“…Casper College is an exceptional college. The value of education you receive compared to the cost per credit over powers any university that I have applied for or attended. I would recommend Casper College to any high school student looking to attend...” – Chad from Wright, WY

Mount Saint Joseph University

Founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Charity, Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic liberal arts college in the Cincinnati area. The Mount offers undergraduate degrees in over 40 academic majors and several degrees can be completed in 3 years. As a...

“…The College of Mount St Joseph is a college that has a great teacher to student ratio (about 1:20). The staff and faculty are supportive of the students. It is away from downtown Cincinnati so there is a calmer atmosphere.” – Jeffrey from Milford, OH

Tennessee Wesleyan University is a public, 4-year institution established in Nashville. The 500-acre main campus is situated approximately ten minutes from the downtown area and is accompanied by the Avon Williams Campus, which is directly in the...

“…tennessee wesleyan is a great college and worth the money. the professors take time to help each individual student and they don't just treat their students like a number. they really try to get you envolved in the community to help better your...” – Brandi from Tellico Plains, TN

Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph, the College of St. Joseph is a Catholic liberal arts college in the Green Mountains region of Vermont. CSJ is home to 20 majors centered around Christian values and the college’s Degree in Three program enables...

Barton Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Great Bend, Kansas, with satellite campuses in Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth, and Grandview Plaza.  Barton offers over 70 academic and career programs, nearly half of which are...

“…I am having a great time meeting new people and playing baseball. I am learning to organize my time better to get my homework turned in on time. Barton is just the right size to transition into college from High School” – Creighton` from Wichita, KS

Western Wyoming Community College is a 2-year community college located near the southwest corner of The Equality State. All of the buildings at WWCC’s campus are connected via indoor glass hallways, offering views of the school’s reproductions of...

“…Western has great academics and amazing teachers. The atmosphere is friendly, and the teachers care about you. You get to get out and meet a lot of new people.” – Amber from Rock Springs, WY

Potomac State College of West Virginia University

West Virginia University Potomac State College is located in Keyser, WV. Potomac State offers more than fifty 2-year programs and holds multiple articulation agreements with six institutions, including Allegany College of Maryland and the College of...

“…Potomac State is a very diverse school with teachers and students being here. The Teachers are very flexible with the grades, classes and making you understand what is going on. The academic success center are always willing to help you and they are...” – Danielle from Martinsburg, WV

Dodge City Community College is a public, 2-year institution established on a 145-acre, suburban campus in Kansas. The college offers over 30 academic and vocational degree programs in a variety of fields, including Dietetics, Music, Agribusiness,...

“…Good place to earn degree, classes are not extremely difficult. Most teachers are approachable and will tell you when they are available. Affordable.” – K from Dodge City, KS

Allen Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Iola, Kansas, with a satellite campus in Burlingame. The college offers over 60 academic programs that lead to associate degrees, CTE certificates, and licenses. Allen maintains...

“…allen community college is a great college for students looking to get started in their education. the staff is a great help in answering any questions you may have. they want you to succeed at allen, so anything they can do to help, they will.” – Cheyenne from Eudora, KS

Kansas Wesleyan University is a private, 4-year institution established in the city of Salina. KWU offers students the opportunity to learn and travel with their Wesleyan Journey program, which awards course credit through experiential learning. The...

“…Kwu is an awesome school; it has small class sizes, and professors will work with you one on one. Most of the student body are athelets, so if you are an athelet you will get alone great, if not you might have to work a little harder to fit in. There...” – Tori from salina, KS

Western Nebraska Community College is a 2-year institution with three campuses in the Nebraska panhandle. WNCC offers degrees and certificates in over 50 fields of study and its Agriculture Science and Applied Agriculture Technologies programs...

“…great instructors that have an open door policy with students. everyone here wants you to succeed and graduate and are more than willing to help you any way they can.” – from Mitchell, NE

Trinity International University-Illinois

Founded in 1897, Trinity International University is a Christian liberal arts institution in the Chicagoland area operated by the Evangelical Free Church of America. Trinity confers undergraduate degrees in over 30 academic majors focused on core...

“…trinity is an amazing school. i haven't even started going there, and i already feel as if i am a part of the school. the community of the school is amazing. everyone is so close and treat each other as a family. ” – Leslie from Chicago, IL