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Pre-physical therapy

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Common majors: kinesiology, biology

The role of a physical therapist is highly interactive—working with individual patients to develop plans and treatment techniques in order to achieve long-term health benefits. So it’s no surprise that physical therapy schools focus on applicants’ observation and contact hours, as well as the strength of their undergraduate preparation. Gordon’s strong clinical emphasis affords you opportunities for real-life internships at our on-site Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness; Bennett Athletic Center; and Harmeling Physical Therapy.

Graduate-level experiences for undergrads

microscope and brain

Study and research in the on-campus donor (cadaver) lab, a rare opportunity for undergraduates.


Pursue an internship at the on-campus Center for Balance, Mobility and Wellness.


Gain real clinical experiences through Gordon’s internship program at Duke University and the Gordon Medical Observership program.

Required courses for track 6: pre-physical therapy*

BIO 105 - Cell Structure and Function Credits: 2 
BIO 106 - Genetics and Development Credits: 2
CHE 111 - Principles of Chemistry I Credits: 4
CHE 112 - Principles of Chemistry II Credits: 4
MAT 220 - Biostatistics Credits: 4

PHY 121 - Introductory Physics I Credits: 4
PHY 122 - Introductory Physics II Credits: 4
PHY 111 - General Physics I Credits: 4
PHY 112 - General Physics II Credits: 4

BIO 213 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Credits: 4 or
BIO 214 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Credits: 4
KIN 213 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Credits: 4
KIN 214 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Credits: 4

KIN 323 - Foundations of Exercise Physiology Credits: 4
PSY 180 - Person in Psychological Context Credits: 4
PSY 245 - Developmental Psychology Credits: 4

One semester of writing (additional recommended)

RECOMMENDED: Health Professions Seminars I–IV (taken in sophomore and junior years)

NOTE: Internship is strongly recommended; documented clinical observation hours often are a prerequisite.

Kinesiology–PrePT Advising Sheet ➔  
Biology, BS–PrePT Advising Sheet ➔


For more information, contact:

Sean Clark, Ph.D.
Director of Health Professions
Professor of Kinesiology
P 978 867 4844

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