Pre-Physical Therapy

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Biomechanics is a class where students learn mechanical foundations of human movement, with emphasis on clinical practicality.

We believe that patient education is key to successful treatment. We don’t make people better, we give them the tools to make themselves better.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is one of the most popular pre-professional tracks within the IPHS department. Some of the reasons students are attracted to this pre-professional track is:

  • 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 Therapist can practice in hospitals, clinics, orthopedics, acute care, wound care, post-operative, and cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation settings.
  • Employment with a Physical Therapy degree is continuing to grow with numerous settings to choose from.

Alma College has excellent Pre-Physical Therapy track that is completed in conjunction with an Integrative Physiology and Health Science (IPHS) major. The Pre-Physical Therapy track, here at Alma College, is only the beginning of this medical journey. Students will need to enroll in a Physical Therapy graduate degree program, after Alma College, and these programs are offered at many colleges around the country.

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-Physical Therapy, they should investigate graduate degree programs requirements at their college of interest as soon as possible. Also, this track requires clinical hours alongside a Physical Therapist. There are local options in Alma, and nearby towns, however, most of our students do internships or job shadowing experiences at different types of PT clinics 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

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