Pre-Physical Therapy

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IPH 345 & 346: Biomechanics is a class where students learn mechanical foundations of human movement, with emphasis on clinical practicality.


Pre-Physical Therapy is one of the most popular pre-professional tracks within the IPHS department.

Here are a few fun facts of why:

Physical therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease.

Physical therapists can practice in hospitals, clinics, orthopedic settings, and private offices, that have specially equipped facilities to treat the patient.

Employment with a Physical therapy degree is continuing to grow with numerous settings to choose from. 

Pre-Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy graduate degree programs are offered at many schools around the country. Alma College has excellent pre-PT track that is completed in conjunction with an Integrative Physiology and Health Science (IPHS) major.

All IPHS pre-professional tracks start with BIO 121 as a pre-requisite for the major course sequencing (IPH 225, 226, 344, 327). Students need to take BIO 121 within their first year at Alma College, and if this cannot happen, please contact any member of the IPHS department to determine how best to enter into the major sequence.

The strong anatomy and physiology training provided by the IPHS major has allowed many students to gain entrance into professional programs across the country. Although professional school requirements differ among schools, most require a strong chemistry, mathematics, and psychology background. Students will receive a well-rounded liberal arts experience with exposure to other departments on campus. 

If a student is interested in pre-PT, they should investigate graduate degree programs requirements at school’s of interest as soon as possible. Also, this major normally requires clinical hours alongside a Physical Therapist. There are local options in Alma, however, most of our students do internships or job shadowing experiences at different types of PT clinical on break or in the summer. Making a connection with a Physical Therapist is a great learning experience and mentorship for each student involved in this field.

For more information, contact Dr. John Davis, Dr. Karen Ball or any other member of the Integrative Physiology and Health Science (IPHS) Department.

Additional Sites of Interest

The American Physical Therapy Association: professional and student pages, list of accredited programs

The American Occupational Therapy Association: professional and student pages, list of accredited programs

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