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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 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.