Pre- physical therapy

Our students are highly sought after because of the strong liberal arts education that CSB and SJU provide and because of our strong science programs.

A curriculum created specifically for you

Saint Benedict's and Saint John's offer a pre-professional program in physical therapy. Our program is not a specific set of courses, but rather a curriculum specifically created between you and your advisor to help you achieve your goal of gaining acceptance into the graduate program of your choice.

The plan will include not only specific courses, but also volunteer experiences which will help to make you an attractive candidate to the PT programs.

Students complete prerequisite coursework outlined by the various accredited schools of physical therapy. Upon completion of the pre-professional course work, the student is eligible to apply to colleges and universities offering a degree in physical therapy. However, students ordinarily complete a bachelor's degree at Saint Benedict's or Saint John's before applying to a physical therapy school. Students may select any major; physical therapy schools do not prefer one major over another. Most pre-physical therapy students major in biology, psychology or nutrition.

Due to the specific prerequisite courses that each school of physical therapy requires, students are advised to work closely with the faculty adviser to plan their pre-professional program. Students should meet with the campus adviser early in the fall semester of their first year.

The following courses are identified by the University of Minnesota, Mayo School of Health Related Sciences, the College of St. Scholastica and the College of St. Catherine as part of their required prerequisites:

Courses University of Minnesota College of Saint Scholastica College of Saint Catherine Mayo School of Health Sciences
Gen Biol w/Lab I BIOL 121

X

X

X

Gen Biol w/Lab II BIOL 221

X

X

X

Human Anatomy BIOL 325

X

X

X

X

Human Physiology BIOL 326

X

X

X

X

Gen Chem I with lab CHEM 125 (CHEM 201)

X

X

X

X

Gen Chem II with lab CHEM 250 (CHEM 202) or CHEM 255 (CHEM 205)

X

X

X

X

Gen Physics I PHYS 105

X

X

X

X

Gen Physics II PHYS 106

X

X

X

X

Intro of Psychology PSYC 111

X

X

X

Abnormal Psychology PSYC 381

X

X

360 or 381

Developmental Psychology PSYC 360

X

X

360 or 381

Statistics MATH 124/PSYC 221

*PSYC 221

X

X

X

Calculus MATH 119/ MATH 118

X

X

X

-

Medical Terminology COLG 121

X

X

X

-

CPR

-

X

 -

 -

X

          *Preferred

In addition the Mayo School of Health Sciences requires one course in sociology, anthropology, philosophy, logic or ethics, speech, death and dying. This requirement may be fulfilled by Ethics Seminar.

Additional Requirements:

College of St. Catherine:
  1. GRE: Required
  2. Minimum GPA: 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  3. Number of Observation Hours: An applicant must have a minimum of 100 hours of physical therapy or other health-care clinical experience during the three years prior to applying to the DPT program.
  4. Recommended courses:microbiology, histology, embryology, comparative anatomy, and kinesiology would be beneficial for preparation.
  5. All prerequisites must be taken A-F, unless receiving Advanced Placement credit, with a minimum acceptable grade of "C."

University of Minnesota:

  1. GRE: Required
  2. Minimum GPA: An operational standard GPA for overall grade point average of 3.00 and a 3.00 in the prerequisite coursework are the preferred minimum as indications of probable success in the Program
  3. Number of Observation Hours: Completion of at least 100 hours of volunteer or work experience in a physical therapy setting. Exposure to multiple areas of practice in physical therapy, and additional healthcare exposure, is recommended.
  4. Approval from the PT admissions chair is necessary in order to take any prerequisite course work through independent distance learning (IDL).  Two IDL courses maximum allowed.  No course work with a lab can be taken IDL.
  5. Advanced Placement (AP) credit for prerequisite course work needs to be approved by the PT admissions chair and can be taken on an S/N grading basis.
  6. All prerequisites must be taken A-F, unless receiving Advanced Placement credit, with a minimum acceptable grade of "C."

Mayo School of Health Sciences:

  1. GRE: required, but there is not a minimum score requirement.
  2. Minimum GPA: At least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and a 3.0 or better grade point average in the prerequisite courses.
  3. Number of Observation Hours: 100 hours in multiple areas of physical therapy (e.g., hospital setting, rehab unit, nursing home, outpatient facility, sports medicine setting, etc.)
  4. Recommended courses: microbiology, histology, embryology, comparative anatomy, and kinesiology would be beneficial for preparation.
  5. Other Requirements: Students must have proof of having successfully completed an American Heart Association or American Red Cross approved CPR course within 12 months prior to enrolling in the Program.
  6. Advanced Placement credits will not fulfill prerequisite course requirements. 
College of St. Scholastica:
  1. GRE: Required, Preferred scores are 500 in the verbal and quantitative sections and a score of 3.5 in the written analytical section.
  2. Minimum GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Number of Observation Hours: No minimum hour requirement for observation/experience in PT prior to applying. The observation/experience is required be in at least two distinct practice settings that treat different patient populations. A private practice outpatient orthopedic setting is similar to a corporate or hospital system outpatient orthopedic setting so that would only be one experience. Students should pick from a list of experiences, that includes but is not limited to, inpatient acute care, adult neurorehabilitation, pediatric rehabilitation (in hospital, outpatient, or schools), outpatient orthopedic, long term care, etc. On average, students come in with three different setting with two types of experience and an average of 100 hours.
  4. The College of Saint Scholastica PT department will not accept AP, PSEO, CITS credits as fulfilling prerequisite course requirements.  All prerequisites must be copmleted for a letter grade at a regionally accredited institution.
  5. Recommended Courses: Kinesiology, Research Methods, Pathophysiology

See a complete list of CAPTE Accredited Physical Therapist Education Programs.