Pre-physical Therapy/Physical Therapy

Why study pre-physical therapy at CMU?

The pre-physical therapy program at CMU offers outstanding clinical and classroom preparation to enter a graduate program in physical therapy or a related area. Consider these key features distinguishing this pre-professional program at CMU:

  • An intensive curriculum that is responsive to the ever-changing health care environment
  • Program graduates continually performing above the national and state averages on the physical therapy licensure examination
  • A specific advisor to guide and help students in selecting an undergraduate major
  • Professional development through on-campus organizations such as the Pre-physical Therapy Club

Career outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:

  • Employment of physical therapist assistants and aides and licensed physical therapists is expected to grow by more than 26 percent.
  • About 60 percent of jobs in this field are in hospitals or offices of physical therapists.
  • Job opportunities should be particularly good in acute hospital, rehabilitation, and orthopedic settings.

Career options

Graduates of the pre-physical therapy program and a related major at CMU will be well-prepared for graduate or professional study and will find career opportunities in a variety of settings. Some of these areas may require additional education.

  • Athletic facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Geriatric facilities
  • Home health agencies
  • Private clinics
  • Public schools
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Research centers
  • Sports medicine clinics



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