Tommy Broback

March 18, 2014

Tommy Broback is graduating in the spring of 2014. He is a biology major from Rosemount, Minn.

Why study pre-physical therapy at a liberal arts college?

The liberal arts education I received at Saint John's allowed me to gain a new approach to seeing the world. I was presented with a variety of perspectives on important issues that I plan to use not only in the classroom, but also beyond graduation as I start my career. I will be a better therapist because of the new ideas, thoughts and perspectives that I was introduced to as a college student.

What makes the pre-physical therapy program at CSB/SJU unique?

I would say being able to complete all the required courses within four year. I did not take any classes related to physical therapy until my sophomore year and I was still able to graduate in four years. Although it took a tremendous amount of work and studying, it is possible to achieve your goals in four years at SJU. 

What has your experience with the CSB/SJU pre-physical therapy program faculty been like?

The professors here are extraordinary. Don Fischer, my advisor, is an excellent resource for anyone interested in any topic related to sports medicine. The professors in the classes related to pre-physical therapy were extremely valuable in preparing me for graduate school. The biology, psychology and exercise science departments all contain challenging courses but the professors that instruct these classes do a tremendous job in teaching the material and expanding your knowledge in a variety of subjects. 

What has been one of the greatest challenges you have faced?

One of the toughest decisions I had to make in my academic career was switching majors during my first year at SJU. I was struggling in my original major and decided to pursue another career path that I was interested in, physical therapy. Fortunately, the advising at this school is extremely helpful and I was able to switch majors and still graduate on time. 

What advice do you have for students considering the pre-physical therapy program?

Anyone that is considering pre-physical therapy should talk with Don Fischer or a student in the pre-physical therapy program. Several upperclassmen gave me advice and guidance in the classes and other opportunities related to physical therapy. These people will not only help you along the way, but they will be a foundational part of your experience if you decide that physical therapy is the career profession you want to pursue. 

Did you study abroad? If so, how did that experience impact you?

I did not study abroad during my time at SJU. I would encourage anyone that is interested in studying abroad to pursue this interest. 

What are your plans after graduation? 

I will be attending the University of Minnesota to obtain my Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree.