Pre-Physical Therapy

Students wishing to prepare for a career in physical therapy must complete a bachelor's degree (in any field, but most major in biology and/or psychology) and a doctoral program in physical therapy (3 or more years). They should consult the requirements of representative physical therapy schools in consultation with their advisor to select a program meeting those requirements. 

Physical therapy schools consider a number of factors in the admissions process. Admission to doctoral programs in physical therapy is very competitive. Besides the prerequisite courses listed below, admission factors include a high grade point average, above-average scores on the GRE, evidence of leadership skills, observation experience with licensed PTs, letters of recommendation from professors at at least one physical therapist, and usually an interview process.  Shadowing an physical therapist or working in a clinical atmosphere is strongly encouraged and can be accomplished in the student's home town or with practitioners in the Jacksonville area. The application for admission to professional schools is submitted through the Physical Therapy Common Application Service (PTCAS).

Over the past 15 years, Illinois College students have been attended the following physical therapy programs:

::  Washington University (9)
::  Midwestern University (3)
:: Bradley University (3)
::  St. Ambrose University (4)
::  Northwestern University (2)
::  Elon University (1)
::  Rosalind Franklin / Finch University of Health Sciences (1)
::  University of Nebraska Medical Center (1)
::  Rockhurst University (1)
::  Marshall University (1)
::  Nova-Southeastern University (1)
Illinois College students have also been accepted at: University of Iowa, Emory University, College of St. Catherine, University of Illinois, University of Indianapolis, and Mayo School of Health Sciences.
Our Pre-Physical Therapy Advisors:
Rayyan Yassin '12, MEng. Engineering Mechanics
Coordinator for Pre-engineering and Pre-Health Sciences Programs
Office: Parker 109
Laura Corey, Ph.D. Chair, Department of Biology
Coordinator, Illinois College Medical School Preparation Program
Office: Parker 124
Paul Hamilton, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of Biology
Assistant Coordinator, Illinois College Medical School Preparation Program
Office: Parker 115

Preparing for Physical Therapy School at Illinois College

Pre-physical therapy students may major in any academic area, as long as they successfully complete the standard science prerequisite courses. While students should be careful to choose the courses specifically required at each school of physical therapy to which they plan to apply, the general science prerequisites include:

2 semesters of physics (prerequisite: MA 133 or equivalent)
2 semesters of anatomy and physiology (prerequisite: BI 110)
2 semesters of general inorganic chemistry (pre- or co-requisite: MA 133 or equivalent)
1 semester of statistics
1 semester of developmental or lifespan psychology (prerequisite: PS 101)
1 semester of abnormal psychology
2 semesters of English

Sample 4-year Schedule for Illinois College Pre-Physical Therapy Students with Science Major


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