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Pre-Physical Therapy Program

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.

    Truthfully, I cannot imagine a better institution than Wisconsin Lutheran College that one could attend in order to develop a solid foundation for graduate programs and for entering the professional workplace. I'm astounded by the impact that a brief four years at WLC had on me. During my time at WLC, I had professors who constantly invested personal interest in my development and provided mentorship.
    – Lee Plamann: 2010 Wisconsin Lutheran College Bachelor of Science in biology graduate and 2013 Duke University Physical Therapy School graduate. Not only was Lee offered admission to several top DPT programs, he was awarded the prestigious Helen Kaiser Physical Therapy Scholarship at Duke University, in part because of his diverse academic training at WLC.

    A Rewarding Career in Physical Therapy

    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.

    Pre-Physical Therapy Curriculum

    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 biology. Learn about course requirements for all DPT programs (pdf).

    Pre-physical therapy students at WLC will establish a curriculum plan and register for courses with the guidance of a personal advisor.