Pre-Physical Therapy

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Pre-Physical Therapy program prepares individuals to apply for admission to a graduate program in physical therapy.

The MTSU catalog identifies the basic pre-professional work. Since each school has different specific requirements, frequent consultation with the student advisor is essential for program planning. All schools of physical therapy require some work experience with a physical therapist.

EMPLOYMENT OBJECTIVE: Physical Therapist

DESCRIPTION OF HEALTH CAREER: Physical therapists practice in a wide variety of settings. Possible settings include acute care hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, sports medicine clinics, rehabilitation centers for children or adults, and private practice clinics. Physical therapists work with patients whose ages range from pre-term infants to the elderly population. Many physical therapists consider the most rewarding part of their professional activity to be the opportunity to work directly with people and provide service to clients in need.

Graduates must pass the state licensing examination in order to become licensed and practice physical therapy in Tennessee and in most other states.

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: Four (4) years at MTSU and three graduate years at an approved program. This leads to a clinical doctorate degree, doctorate in physical therapy.

DEPARTMENT: Chemistry

CONTACT: Jennifer Hendrix Box 68 MTSU 615-898-5465 or Pre-professional advising office Davis Science Building, Rm. 241

Check out some other useful links:
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Physical Therapy
American Physical Therapy Association
MTSU Chemistry Pre-Professional Programs