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
- 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