Pre-Physical Therapy Professional Track
Join an exceptional group of undergraduate students at Trine University who are determined to become health care providers and thus work toward bettering our society. These students are enrolled in our Pre-Physical Therapy Professional Track, which prepares them for graduate studies in physical therapy by developing their scientific knowledge base as well as their skills in independent thinking, decision-making, and interpersonal communication.
By enrolling in our Pre-Physical Therapy Professional Track, you will gain from highly accessible, interactive, and caring faculty members a cutting edge education that provides you with the necessary intellectual and personal skills to pursue a career in physical therapy. You will also earn a degree in an area of your choosing, which will afford you the opportunity to seek graduate work or employment in that area if you eventually choose not to pursue a career in physical therapy.
Successful completion of the Pre-Physical Therapy Professional Track in conjunction with a baccalaureate degree from Trine University will qualify you for acceptance into the University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Twenty seats will be reserved each year for students successfully completing this track.
Requirements for the Track
The Pre-Physical Therapy Professional Track can be associated with any major offered at Trine University, though majors in the Science Department provide the clearest path to successful entry into a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program. In conjunction with, or in addition to, the curricular requirements of the major, the Pre-Physical Therapy Professional Track requires coursework in the following areas:
- Biological Sciences (excluding botany and zoology): 8 hours
- General Chemistry: 8 hours
- Human Anatomy (BIO 254): 4 hours
- Human Physiology (BIO 354): 4 hours
- College or University Physics I & II: 8 hours
- Any psychology course: 3 hours
- Statistics (MA 253): 3 hours
- Advanced Composition (ENG 453)*: 3 hours
Also, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better to stay in the track. They are evaluated in their final year via benchmark interviews that address the following characteristics of a successful physical therapy program applicant: development of personal and professional qualities; physical therapy or graduate school applications; and community service, clinical observation, and leadership experiences.
*This course has been proposed based on an identified need but is not currently offered.