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Pre-Physical Therapy Psychology Major

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

Students interested in a career as a Physical Therapist major in psychology with the intent to pursue a graduate degree in Physical Therapy. This pre-professional major offers a strong background in behaviorally based techniques for interacting with clients and a solid foundation in science coursework for graduate studies.

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

Physical therapists are specialists in addressing movement dysfunction while focusing on preventive care to maximize mobility for people of all ages in a variety of settings. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (April 6, 2012), PT employment is expected to increase 39% from 2010-2020. This growth is partly due to an aging population and an increased demand for specialized PT services: cardiovascular and pulmonary, geriatrics, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, sports physical therapy and women's health.

What makes Walsh's Psychology Pre-Physical Therapy program unique?

  • Diverse Coursework. This major emphasizes core skills while engaging students in psychology and science coursework.
  • Experienced Faculty. Our professors hold the doctorate degree and are competent researchers and practitioners.
  • State of the Art Facilities. Walsh University houses laboratories equipped with the latest technologies giving our students "hands-on" experience with instruments and tools used in the field.
  • Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). Walsh offers a first-class graduate program in physical therapy where eligible students may pursue a DPT.

Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?

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

  • Principles of Psychology
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Human Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Exercise Physiology

Our coursework meets prerequisites for Walsh University's Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT).

What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available?

Psychology Pre-Physical Therapy students gain real-world experience through a senior-year research project.

Whom can I contact for more information?

Dr. Penny Bove, Professor of Sociology, Division Chair Social and Behavioral Sciences
(330) 490-7257
bove@walsh.edu