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Pre- physical therapy

A curriculum created specifically for you

CSB/SJU offers a pre-professional program in physical therapy. Our program is not a specific set of courses, but rather a curriculum specifically created between you and your advisor to help you achieve your goal of gaining acceptance into the graduate program of your choice.

The plan will include not only specific courses, but also volunteer experiences which will help to make you an attractive candidate to the PT programs.

Students complete prerequisite coursework outlined by the various accredited schools of physical therapy and are then eligible to apply to colleges and universities offering a degree in physical therapy. However, our students ordinarily complete a bachelor's degree at CSB/SJU before applying to a physical therapy school.

Students may select any major; physical therapy schools do not prefer one major over another. Most pre-physical therapy students major in biology, psychology or nutrition.

 
Required prerequisites:

 

CSB/SJU
Courses

Univiversity of
Minnesota

College of
St. Scholastica

St. Catherine
Univiversity

Mayo School of
Health Sciences

Gen Bio
w/Lab I

BIOL 101 or 121

X

X

X

Gen Biol w/Lab II

BIOL 201 or 221

X

X

X

Human Anatomy

BIOL 325

X

X

X

X

Human Physiology

BIOL 326

X

X

X

X

Gen Chem I with lab

CHEM 125
(CHEM 201)

X

X

X

X

Gen Chem II with lab

CHEM 250
(CHEM 202) or 
CHEM 255
(CHEM 205)

X

X

X

X

Gen Physics I

PHYS 105

X

X

X

X

Gen Physics II

PHYS 106

X

X

X

X

Intro of Psychology

PSYC 111

X

X

X

Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 381

X

X

360 or 381

Developmental Psychology

PSYC 360

X

X

360 or 381

Statistics

MATH 124 or
PSYC 221

*PSYC 221

X

X

X

Calculus

MATH 119 or
MATH 118

X

X

X

-

Medical Terminology

COLG 121

X

X

X

-

CPR

-

X

 -

 -

X

*Preferred

In addition the Mayo School of Health Sciences requires one course in sociology, anthropology, philosophy, logic or ethics, speech, death and dying. This requirement may be fulfilled by Ethics Seminar.

Additional Requirements:

St. Catherine University:

  1. GRE: Required
  2. Minimum GPA: 3.0 (on 4.0 scale)
  3. Number of Observation Hours: An applicant must have a minimum of 100 hours of physical therapy or other health-care clinical experience during the three years prior to applying to the DPT program.
  4. Recommended courses:microbiology, histology, embryology, comparative anatomy, and kinesiology would be beneficial for preparation.
  5. All prerequisites must be taken A-F, unless receiving Advanced Placement credit, with a minimum acceptable grade of "C."

University of Minnesota:

  1. GRE: Required
  2. Minimum GPA: An operational standard GPA for overall grade point average of 3.00 and a 3.00 in the prerequisite coursework are the preferred minimum as indications of probable success in the Program
  3. Number of Observation Hours: Completion of at least 100 hours of volunteer or work experience in a physical therapy setting. Exposure to multiple areas of practice in physical therapy, and additional healthcare exposure, is recommended.
  4. Approval from the PT admissions chair is necessary in order to take any prerequisite course work through independent distance learning (IDL).  Two IDL courses maximum allowed.  No course work with a lab can be taken IDL.
  5. Advanced Placement (AP) credit for prerequisite course work needs to be approved by the PT admissions chair and can be taken on an S/N grading basis.
  6. All prerequisites must be taken A-F, unless receiving Advanced Placement credit, with a minimum acceptable grade of "C."

Mayo School of Health Sciences:

  1. GRE: required, but there is not a minimum score requirement.
  2. Minimum GPA: At least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and a 3.0 or better grade point average in the prerequisite courses.
  3. Number of Observation Hours: 100 hours in multiple areas of physical therapy (e.g., hospital setting, rehab unit, nursing home, outpatient facility, sports medicine setting, etc.)
  4. Recommended courses: microbiology, histology, embryology, comparative anatomy, and kinesiology would be beneficial for preparation.
  5. Other Requirements: Students must have proof of having successfully completed an American Heart Association or American Red Cross approved CPR course within 12 months prior to enrolling in the Program.
  6. Advanced Placement credits will not fulfill prerequisite course requirements. 

College of St. Scholastica:

  1. GRE: Required, Preferred scores are 500 in the verbal and quantitative sections and a score of 3.5 in the written analytical section.
  2. Minimum GPA: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  3. Number of Observation Hours: No minimum hour requirement for observation/experience in PT prior to applying. The observation/experience is required be in at least two distinct practice settings that treat different patient populations. A private practice outpatient orthopedic setting is similar to a corporate or hospital system outpatient orthopedic setting so that would only be one experience. Students should pick from a list of experiences, that includes but is not limited to, inpatient acute care, adult neurorehabilitation, pediatric rehabilitation (in hospital, outpatient, or schools), outpatient orthopedic, long term care, etc. On average, students come in with three different setting with two types of experience and an average of 100 hours.
  4. The College of Saint Scholastica PT department will not accept AP, PSEO, CITS credits as fulfilling prerequisite course requirements.  All prerequisites must be copmleted for a letter grade at a regionally accredited institution.
  5. Recommended Courses: Kinesiology, Research Methods, Pathophysiology

See a complete list of CAPTE Accredited Physical Therapist Education Programs.

Meet some of our students

Our students are highly sought after because of the strong liberal arts education that CSB/SJU provides and because of our strong science programs. 

Students have been accepted to:
  • University of Minnesota
  • Mayo Clinic
  • University of Saint Catherine
  • Angelo State University
  • Creighton University
  • University of Iowa's School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Duke University
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison

PT Observation Hours