Pre-physical Therapy Concentration at Messiah College
You have two options if you're looking to study pre-physical therapy.
The pre-physical therapy concentration, offered as part of the applied health science major, prepares you to apply to a doctoral physical therapy program. This unique educational experience allows you to gain the basic science prerequisite knowledge needed to the physical therapy profession, as well as the applied science to understand the application of the science. In other words, you’ll take the science and physiology of biology and apply it to the human body and how it reacts to exercise, stress and disease.
In addition to taking classes in biology, chemistry, physics, athletic training and applied health science, you’ll also engage in original research with professors, attend regional/national scientific meetings, obtain placement in a variety of practical/internship experiences, and depending on your course of study, you may even be able to study abroad or participate in cross cultural experiences. We also specifically offer courses in injury assessment, applied physiology and cadaver anatomy to help you understand the field in a unique perspective.
Job options for graduates of the pre-physical therapy program or concentration include:
- Graduate studies in physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Clinical exercise physiologist
- Cardiac rehabilitation specialist
- Positions in corporate wellness
Our Pre-PT students have ample opportunity to engage in experiential learning and to build unique personal opportunities to help them grow as individuals as well as professionals in the field. Our APHS students are taking advantage of many opportunities offered though both college-wide and departmental initiatives.
Pre-PT Club Officers and Events
- President - Michaela Horst
- Vice-President - Andy Badgerow
- Treasurer - Katelyn McKiernan
PT Club Officers
From left to right: Katelyn McKiernan, Michaela Horst, Andy Badgerow, Wendy Cheesman (Club Advisor)
Check back soon to see what events are planned for the rest of the semester.
Alternatively, you also have the option to major in another discipline (arts, sciences, humanities) and work with our pre-health professions advisor to complete pre-physical therapy program requirements.