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Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration

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 prepares students to apply to physical therapy graduate programs. The concentration requirements can be satisfied by taking the following courses in addition to the Kinesiology major courses:

  • BIO 150 Biology 1: Cells and Genetics
  • CHE 112 Principles of Chemistry II
  • PHY 120 or 122 Introductory Physics II or General Physics II
  • PSY 220 Person in Psychological Context
  • PSY 244 Developmental Psychology
  • One semester of writing (additional recommended)
  • Recommended: Health Professions Seminars I-IV (taken in sophomore and junior years)

It is highly recommended that students apply for an internship to supplement their experience. These are arranged in collaboration with the student's academic advisor.

No, any Gordon College student can complete the Pre-Physical Therapy concentration. Additional courses required for the concentration that are met by the Kinesiology major requirements are:

  • CHE 111 Principles of Chemistry I
  • PHY 119 or 121 Introductory Physics I or General Physics I
  • MAT 220 Biostatistics
  • BIO/KIN 213 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO/KIN 214 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • KIN 323 Foundations of Exercise Physiology

Visit the Health Professions webpage for more information.


PRe-Physical Therapy Graduate Profile

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.