March 7, 2013
Why study pre-physical therapy at a liberal arts college?
A student can receive their specific prerequisite courses necessary for graduate school applications at any four year university. A liberal arts institute will not only prepare a student for graduate school, but will prepare a student for success beyond their graduation. A physical therapist works with people of all ages, backgrounds, and opinions. A well-rounded, diverse undergraduate education will better prepare a student for the diversity of the profession beyond education. Much of the profession is about the knowledge of the subject matter and its application, but a large part is also about social interaction with the client. Being a well-rounded practitioner with general knowledge in numerous areas of study will lead the way to a successful career.
What makes the pre-physical therapy program at CSB/SJU unique?
The small class sizes, especially in the exercise science and sport studies classes, provide a comfortable learning environment. With a small class, professors are able to teach in a way that ensures all students are on the same page. They do not hesitate to slow down or backup and re-explain the material if the students are having a hard time. The professors know that students are there to learn, so they make sure that they do. I think students feel they are taking the class as part of a team rather than as an individual.
What has your experience with the CSB/SJU pre-physical therapy program faculty been like?
The faculty members have close relationships with their students. They encourage questions and conversation, even if it has nothing to do with the class material. Professors always have their doors open. It is common for students to stop in just to say hello. The more comfortable students are with their professor, the more comfortable they are with asking questions and therefore are able to maximize their learning. The knowledge and passion of the professors transmits to the students, making class seem more interesting and feel more relevant.
What has been one of the greatest challenges you have faced?
My workload; looking at my schedule at the beginning of a semester can be overwhelming. However, it becomes more manageable when I take each course one class period at a time.
What advice do you have for students considering the pre-physical therapy program?
Choosing a college is a very important decision, one that should not be made without looking into the program. Therefore I would encourage students to come in and schedule an appointment with the pre-physical therapy advisor. He would be happy to meet with any prospective students to provide the information necessary to make an informed decision.
What are your plans after graduation?
I will be attending the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Minnesota.