Pre Physical Therapy Program
The pre Physical Therapy program at Clarkson University is for highly qualified and motivated in coming high school students who wish to pursue a career in physical therapy. Students who apply to the undergraduate programs at Clarkson University can also apply to this program at the same time by completing all required material for the freshman application for undergraduate admission and checking the box on the application for pre-physical therapy as a "special advising option" in addition to selecting the undergraduate major of your choice.
The pre physical therapy program is not a major; it's a series of core coursework (biology, chemistry, physics, math, statistics and psychology) and two physical therapy seminars. In fact, you’re free to pursue any major. You might, for example, study engineering and management to gain a better understanding of how physical-therapy equipment works and how the mechanical principles apply to the human body. Or you might choose to study psychology to learn how to motivate and direct patients and their families. Whatever you study, the specialized knowledge and skills you acquire as an undergraduate will broaden your career opportunities as a physical therapist.
Clarkson pre-physical therapy students also enjoy the following advantages:
- A reserved place in Clarkson's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Once you've successfully completed your undergraduate course work and earned your baccalaureate degree, you are automatically admitted to Clarkson's highly selective graduate Doctor of Physical Therapy program as long as you meet coursework, grade point average and other requirements.
- A physical therapy program adviser. In addition to your major adviser, you'll be assigned a second faculty adviser from the Department of Physical Therapy. This extra mentoring relationship adds another dimension of support to your experience. You and your PT adviser will work together to define your career goals, balance your PT course requirements with major requirements, and make a successful transition to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
- A solid foundation in Problem-Based Learning, which is a cornerstone of the graduate program. The pre physical therapy courses will introduce you to this student-centered, collaborative and self-directed education model. Problem-Based Learning (PBL), based on patient case studies, more closely resembles actual clinical experience. It better prepares you to be a self-motivated lifelong learner, which is essential to being a competent healthcare professional.