Physical therapy programs require completion of a bachelor’s degree prior to admission. Students preparing for application to such programs must declare a major at Southeast in addition to declaring pre-physical therapy. Health management, biology, chemistry recreation and human environmental studies/dietetics option majors are particularly complementary to physical therapy preparation as they include many of the prerequisite courses. Prerequisite courses commonly include biology, chemistry, mathematics, psychology and English.
Some physical therapy programs accept transfer students after completion of 60 hours of prerequisite courses, after which students continue as juniors in a combined BS/MS program. Students planning to apply to such programs do not need to declare a major at Southeast but should declare pre-physical therapy.
Because each physical therapy program designates its own requirements for admission, students should pay close attention to the prerequisites of schools where they plan to apply. Students pursuing pre-physical therapy should contact the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation as early as possible in the enrollment process.