Wisconsin Lutheran College offers a pre-physical therapy program that provides the broad interdisciplinary training necessary for success in a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program.
Pre-physical therapy students may major in any academic
specialty; however, many choose to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in sport
and exercise science, or in the health science track of the biology major. Most
Doctor of Physical Therapy programs require the submission of GRE scores
and a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA, although many competitive programs seek
out applicants with 3.5 or higher GPAs.
Physical therapists (PTs) work to prevent and rehabilitate
restrictions to function or movement caused by disease, injury, or aging.
Physical therapists may work in a variety of settings (hospital, outpatient
clinic, private office, or fitness centers) and choose from a variety of
specialties (geriatric, cardiopulmonary, orthopedic, etc.).
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics,
the demand for physical therapists is expected to increase much faster than the
average for all occupations. For this reason, the job outlook for physical
therapists is generally good and excellent for those with specialties in hospital
or orthopedic settings.
A career in physical therapy requires a Doctor of Physical
Therapy (DPT) degree from an accredited DPT program.
Most DPT programs require or recommend two semesters of general
chemistry, two semesters of general biology, two semesters of physics, advanced
physiology, cell biology, and additional courses in English, mathematics, and
Pre-physical therapy students at WLC will establish a
curriculum plan and register for courses with the guidance of a personal