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Pre-Physical Therapy Degree

What does Walsh's Pre-Physical Therapy program entail?

Students in the Pre-Physical Therapy program major in Biology, with an expectation of pursuing a graduate degree in Physical Therapy. This pre-professional program offers a strong scientific background, providing flexibility if a student decides to change tracks mid-course and choose Pre-Medicine or Pre-Pharmacy. It also offers a solid foundation for graduate studies in any science field.

What type of career can I look forward to with a Physical Therapy degree?

Physical Therapy is one of the fastest growing and most rewarding career fields in the United States. Today's physical therapists play a significant role in the concept of total patient management and are specialists in addressing movement dysfunction while focusing on preventative care to minimize disability for a wide range of age groups in a variety of settings.

What makes Walsh's Pre-Physical Therapy degree unique?

Walsh University is different than other Pre-Physical Therapy schools in the following ways:

· Faculty with Experience. Each of our Ph.D. Biology faculty members specialize in their areas of expertise. They are excellent teachers and competent researchers.

· Diverse Course Offering. Biology students choose from a wide assortment of electives that satisfy their personal and professional interests.

· Early Research Opportunities.

· State-of-the-Art Facilities. Walsh houses laboratories equipped with the latest technologies, giving our students a chance to work with the instruments and tools used in the field.

In addition, Walsh offers a first-class graduate program where students have the opportunity to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Accelerated degree options are also available. Walsh offers a fast-track program for those who qualify.

What are the requirements for direct admission into the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program?

An incoming freshman can qualify for direct admission into the DPT program, if the student meets the following criteria:

Students must:

1. Have a high school GPA of 3.75 or higher
2. Earn a minimum ACT score of 28 or SAT score of 1200 (critical reading and math, not including writing)
3. Graduate in the top 10% of their high school class (exceptions reviewed in an independent basis)
4. Pass a perfunctory interview with a DPT faculty representative as a Freshman applicant
5. Pass a behavioral assessment screen at the Junior and/or Senior year in the undergraduate program
6. Be enrolled in the Pre-PT program
7. Complete the undergraduate program with a 3.5 GPA or higher and a GRE of 298 or higher

Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?

Pre-Physical Therapy schools require students to take a solid core of math and science courses including:

• Anatomy and Physiology
• Human Physiology
• Microanatomy
• Organic Chemistry
• Human Development and Lifespan
• Exercise Physiology

What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available?

Biology students gain real-world experience through:
• Summer research initiatives at Walsh or other organizations in our community.
• Opportunities to take their studies abroad.

Whom can I contact for more information?

Dr. Michael Dunphy, Professor of Biochemistry, Division Chair Math & Sciences
(330) 490-7201
mdunphy@walsh.edu