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Pre-physical therapy advising

Pre-physical therapy advising

Pre-physical therapy advising at Messiah University

Are you interested in a career in physical therapy? Messiah University, a private Christian college in Pennsylvania, offers several paths to help you prepare for a health-related career after obtaining your undergraduate degree.

Students who plan to attend physical therapy school post-undergrad often choose our pre-physical therapy concentration within the applied health science major. However, this is not the only major students select in preparation for physical therapy. Some other widely selected majors for physical therapy are listed below.

You may also take advantage of Messiah’s pre-health advising option, which is not structured as a major. Messiah will help prepare you for physical therapy school through a personalized, rigorous advising pathway within a major you choose (other than applied health science). You will work one-on-one with our dedicated pre-health advisor to get answers to your questions; explore a career path that matches your passions and skills; and to help ensure you complete the prerequisite courses and application materials required for acceptance into physical therapy school.  

While we have students from various majors go on to physical therapy school, some of the more widely selected majors for physical therapy school-bound students at Messiah include:

  • Applied Health Science (Pre-Physical Therapy concentration)
  • Biochemistry (B.S. and B.A.)
  • Biology – bio-medical concentration
  • Biopsychology
  • Molecular Biology

While specific requirements vary by school, you will likely be required to take the following courses to be able to apply to physical therapy school.

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Statistics
  • Psychology
  • English
  • Humanities

Arcadia University – 4 + 3 

Messiah students complete four years at Messiah, earning a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in biology or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in applied health science with a pre-physical therapy concentration, followed by three years at Arcadia University earning a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Note: A maximum of five (5) Messiah University students will be guaranteed a seat via this articulation mechanism; other application terms apply.

Learn more here.

An Early Assurance Program (EAP) program with Messiah University School of Graduate Studies enables students to secure acceptance into Messiah University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program during their senior year of high school. Students accepted into this joint program receive their bachelor’s degree from Messiah University and transition to our Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Learn more about the Early Assurance Program here

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Contact Martha Smith
Pre-health professions advising coordinator
717-766-2511, ext. 3936