According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), “Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility—in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.
Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.”
The Pre-Physical Therapy concentration is part of the Health Professions Concentration (which is open to ALL majors) and prepares students to apply to Physical Therapy graduate programs. In addition to completing the Kinesiology major courses, students are required to complete the Pre-Physical Therapy Track courses. These courses will provide the majority of the pre-requisites for Physical Therapy programs. It is imperative that students work closely with their advisors in meeting the specific pre-requisites of the program choice as these do vary somewhat.
Mbong Azang-Njaah, class of 2006
As a student of kinesiology while at Gordon, Mbong Azang-Njaah pursued prerequisite courses that would prepare her for admission to graduate study in physical therapy. Upon graduating, Mbong applied to several institutions, but at the top of her list was Simmons College in Boston. Mbong's acceptance to the DPT program there represents the first kinesiology graduate from Gordon to enter the ranks of this esteemed institution. Says Mbong of her experience at Gordon:
"I (have) found that not only did a strong background in kinesiology prepare me academically, it also instilled skills for...problem solving and time management which are necessary for entry-level doctoral work. The coursework I had in kinesiology was of a nature that made the transition to graduate school easier than expected."
To read about more Kinesiology graduates, visit our Kinesiology Graduates page.