Advisor: Don Fischer
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University offer a pre-professional program in physical therapy. Students complete prerequisite coursework as outlined by the various accredited schools of physical therapy. Upon completion of the pre-professional coursework, the student is eligible to apply to colleges and universities offering a post graduate degree in physical therapy. Majors that students frequently pursue along with the pre-physical therapy requirements are: biology, integrative science, psychology, and nutrition.
Common courses that are required by graduate programs in physical therapy include: BIOL 101 and 201 (or BIOL 121 and 221); BIOL 325 and 326; CHEM 125 & 201 and 250 & 202; MATH 124 or PSYC 221; PHYS 105 and 106; PSYC 111, 360 and/or 381. Additional courses may be required and the student may need to complete summer coursework in order to complete the graduate school application requirements in four years.
Due to the specific prerequisite courses that each physical therapy school requires, students are strongly encouraged to work closely with the faculty advisor in planning their pre-professional program. Students should meet with the campus advisor early in the fall semester of their first year.