Pre-Physical Therapy Program

Preparing you for admission into any school of physical therapy

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About The Program
College of Arts and Sciences

Pre-Physical Therapy Program

With a career in physical therapy, you’ll help people return to their full physical potential, guiding them to a life of health and wellness. While pre-physical therapy is not a major itself, we’ll match you with a degree program and the necessary coursework required to prepare you for admission into a school of physical therapy.




Wondering if this program is for you? 

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are compassionate and caring for others
  • Can adapt to changes in demands of healthcare professions
  • Work well with others
  • Are service-oriented and enjoy working with people
  • Are knowledgeable and enjoy continuous learning
  • Have strong critical thinking and decision-making skills
  • Are instructional and socially perceptive

With a physical therapy degree, you could also work in the areas of:

  • Athletic training
  • Audiology
  • Exercise physiology

At Northern, we believe getting you out of the classroom and into a real-world workplace setting is a critical part of your education. You'll have several opportunities for internships and other forms of experiential learning throughout your time at Northern. Learn more!


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Plans of Study 
Suggested Majors and Minors 

Students in our pre-physical therapy program often major in:

And minor in:

Study Abroad 

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Undergraduate Research 

At Northern, you'll have the chance to conduct cutting-edge research that can have real-world impacts - while still an undergraduate student. Now with our brand new, state-of-the-art Jewett Regional Science Education Center, the sky is truly the limit. Learn more!

Contact Information 

Ready to take the next step? Contact us today:

Pre-Physical Therapy Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jon Mitchell, 605-626-2458 or

Want to learn more about living and learning at Northern? Contact NSU Admissions today 605-626-2544 or!

Still unsure of a major? We can help! Contact NSU Career Services at 605-626-3007 or

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