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Pre-Physical Therapy 


Edinboro's Health Sciences major is designed specifically for students like you who wish to follow a career in health-related professions. If you're interested in the field of physical therapy, Edinboro's rigorous Pre-Physical Therapy program provides a sharp focus on the skills and training you'll need to apply to a professional school and pursue your Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.



Job Outlook Is Excellent.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of physical therapists will grow 22 percent between now and 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Demand for physical therapy is expected to come from aging baby boomers as well as from people with mobility issues stemming from chronic conditions, such as diabetes or obesity.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

As a student in the Pre-Physical Therapy concentration at Edinboro, you'll follow a rigorous curriculum that is heavy on the sciences, including courses in kinesiology and exercise physiology that are required by well-known Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs in the area. You'll balance these classes with general education and core courses that improve your critical thinking skills and ethical decision-making.

Small classes taught by faculty members with a wide array of research interests will enable you to participate fully in your education and appreciate the importance of evidence-based medicine. Faculty mentors will ensure you're equipped to do well on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and meet the requirements for the professional school that interests you.

How Edinboro Supports You.

State licensure and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is necessary if you want to become a physical therapist and help people improve their movement and manage pain, but it's never too early to build a resume that demonstrates your commitment to the field.

Opportunities at Edinboro include:

  • Independent research under the supervision of a faculty expert
  • Internships that allow you to earn credits and provide firsthand experience in the field
  • Capstone experience that may lead to presentations at local, regional, or national meetings
  • On-campus organizations such as Tri Beta, a National Biological Honor Society, and Health Professions Club

Surround Yourself With Other Future Professionals.

Students like you who are focused and serious about careers in health care are here at Edinboro. They could be following any one of these pre-professional tracks:

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Nina Thumser
Department Chair
126C and 146 Cooper Hall
Phone: 814-732-2158

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