At Dordt, we've set up our program after carefully researching the requirements of many schools of physical therapy. We continue to revise it as we see their requirements change. We'll prepare you well for the challenges of the profession. We'll also help you see the satisfaction that comes with serving people in a way that helps them live their lives in a more enjoyable way.
Our Pre-Physical Therapy program is grounded in a comprehensive Christian education that prepares you for your profession. It also prepares you to live as a Christian in God's world. Through our program, you'll find:
A specialized and carefully researched pre-physical therapy curriculum
Strong biology, chemistry, psychology, and exercise science classes
A mentorship program pairing beginning students with advanced students and students with alumni
Hands-on learning through labs with licensed physical therapists
Clear guidance from advisors set in the context of a comprehensive core education
Our Pre-Physical Therapy program can be taken as an emphasis in biology, exercise science, and psychology.
What can I do with a degree in pre-physical therapy program?
Pre-Physical Therapy at Dordt will help you prepare for a career in or related to the physical therapy field. This foundation will set you up for success whether you pursue further education or enter the workforce. You may enjoy a career as a physical therapist, a dietitian, a physical therapist aide, or a recreation worker. Whatever you choose to do professionally, Dordt’s Pre-Physical Therapy program will prepare you for the next steps.
A Physical Therapist help patients with the rehabilitation process by improving or managing their pain while evaluating and recording their progress along the way.
Athletic Trainers provide treatment and rehabilitation to their patients as well as conduct workshops and other sports medicine educational programs.
Physical Therapy Assistant
A Physical Therapy Assistant helps treat patients and guide them through the rehabilitation process under the supervision of a physical therapist.
Pre-Physical Therapy Program
Our pre-physical therapy program is grounded in a comprehensive Christian education that prepares you for your profession while preparing you for living as a Christian in God's world. You'll find:
- A specialized and carefully researched pre-physical therapy curriculum.
- Strong biology, chemistry, psychology, and exercise science classes.
- A mentorship program pairing beginning students with advanced students and students with alumni.
- Hands-on learning through labs with licensed physical therapists.
- Clear guidance from advisors set in the context of a comprehensive core education.
Our pre-physical therapy program can be taken as an emphasis in biology, exercise science, and psychology
Studying science alongside history, English, communication, philosophy, psychology, and the arts—all taught in the light of God's Word—will help you understand how you can most effectively serve as a physical therapist. The knowledge you gain in your courses will teach you to understand the needs and concerns of others. The skills you gain will prepare you to help people through your work.
Every professional school has their own entrance requirements, so at Dordt, students work with the pre-professional advisors to determine which courses they need to prepare them for their professional school.
Through a combination of professional development, career exploration, academic success, social, and networking activities, the Pre-Health Professions Club (PHPC) helps pre-physical therapy students work together to make the most of their undergraduate years and prepare for the next steps in their education and their eventual place in the exciting and dynamic field of physical therapy. To learn more about how to get involved in PHPC, please contact PHPC@Dordt.edu or feel free to join us at any of our events or meetings.
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With experience in a variety of fields, our faculty members are equipped and ready to help you succeed.
Science and Technology Center
As a Pre-Physical Therapy Major, you'll have the opportunity to spend time in Dordt's Science and Technology Center. Informally known as the "Science Building", the Science and Technology Center is home to Dordt's 180-seat lecture hall.Learn more
Despite the many challenges Siennah faced in college, she was always supported by Dordt's community and was able to develop meaningful relationships, grow in confidence, and make Dordt her home away from home in her four years here.
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