Why study pre-physical therapy at a liberal arts college?
The broad, encompassing nature of a liberal arts education allows a student to immerse him or herself into academia. It allows for students to be challenged, to explore various educational possibilities and to develop the educational, interpersonal and leadership skills necessary to succeed in post-graduate programs and the workforce.
What makes the pre-physical therapy program at CSB/SJU unique?
The pre-physical therapy program at CSB/SJU is unique in that it allows students to successfully complete the required coursework for entrance into physical therapy school while still encouraging them to pursue individual interests, various majors and extracurricular activities.
What has your experience with the CSB/SJU pre-physical therapy program faculty been like?
Don Fischer, head of the pre-PT program, is extremely dedicated to his work. He ensures that his students complete the necessary pre-physical therapy coursework and observation experience in a timely, successful manner. Because of Don’s connections to the physical therapy realm, students at CSB/SJU have the opportunity to engage in on campus informational meetings hosted by physical therapy programs.
What has been one of the greatest challenges you have faced?
The greatest challenge I have faced as a pre-PT student has been balancing my academics with extracurricular activities. At various times, extracurricular activities have caused me to miss a lab, lecture or group meeting. However, CSB/SJU students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, and my professors and peers have been helpful and understanding. That is the beauty of a liberal arts education!
What advice do you have for students considering the pre-physical therapy program?
Test the waters! You do not have to be 100 percent set on physical therapy from the first day you step on campus. You can start with a variety of classes, see which path best suits you and decide from there. I did not decide that I was pre-PT until my sophomore year and still completed all the required coursework in a timely fashion.
Did you study abroad? If so, how did that experience influence you?
I studied abroad in Pavia, Italy, over the summer of 2016. This experience allowed me to gain valuable interpersonal communication skills that I will use in my professional life — ones that I could not have gained without exposing myself to a culture different from mine.
What are you plans after graduation?
Starting in June 2017, I will be pursuing my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.