Interested in Pre-Physical Therapy?
Please see one of our pre-health advisors to further explore a major that best fits your academic strengths and future career goals.
About Pre-Physical Therapy at UNT
The UNT Office of Health Professions provides direction and resources to students passionate about a career in Physical Therapy. Physical Therapists work with individuals who struggle with pain and/or movement; as a result, PTs evaluate each patient, and create strategies that "promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability" (American Physical Therapy Association, 2014). As a pre-PT student, you may select any major, as long as you complete the prerequisite coursework required by each PT school.
The journey to PT school is quite rigorous, and it's imperative that you prove to the schools' admission boards that you are capable of success in their programs. In addition to high grades and entrance exam scores, PT schools will evaluate both your volunteer and shadowing experience*. All areas are equally important in a holistic assessment of the candidate.
*Volunteering: PT schools are looking for students who have volunteered in their community. Though not required, it's best if you volunteer in the health care field, where you are helping people.
*Shadowing: To be considered a competitive candidate, students need to shadow a Physical Therapist. Several hours of shadowing will display an understanding and commitment to such profession. In addition to shadowing, it is strongly recommended that you get some direct-patient contact experience. The best way to obtain these clinical hours is by becoming a PT Technician at a clinic or hosipital. Most positions only require a high school dipoloma.
Prerequisites for Texas Physical Therapy Schools
Please refer to our Pre-Physical Therapy Packet for information on prerequisites, timelines, and additional resources.
Please see the ETS website for more information on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).