Physical therapists help improve the capabilities of people who have been in accidents or have disabling conditions as a result of illnesses ranging from arthritis to heart disease and sports injuries. The most common path followed by Loras students interested in becoming Physical Therapists is to take the courses required for a Sports Science major on the P.T. track. Admission to P.T. School requires a strong science background, as well as over 1000 hours of patient- and modality-contact experience as a P.T. Aide in a Physical Therapy clinic. Students majoring in Athletic Training or Biology have been successful in gaining admission as well.

 

For more information about the Pre-Physical Therapy program at Loras, contact Dr. Tom Davis at tom.davis@loras.edu.


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Pre-Health Professions Advising

The most common path followed by Loras students who are interested in becoming a Physical Therapist is to take the courses required for a Sports Science major on the PT track as described in the Loras College Undergraduate Bulletin . A strong science background is needed as well as over 1000 hours of patient and modality contact experience as a PT Aide in a Physical Therapy clinic. Some students who are in majors in Athletic Training or Biology have been successful in gaining admission as well.

Critical Factors for Admission:

  • Though competition is heavy for limited numbers of seats in PT programs, Loras has placed 1-5 students in various PT programs in the Midwest each year for the last 8 years.
  • Though jobs for new PT graduates were hard to find 4-5 years ago, currently (2004) there are openings for new PTs in many areas across the country.
  • Most applicants are required to take the general GRE exam as part of the application process.
  • More info on PT as a profession can be seen at www.apta.org

Email Dr. Davis with your questions

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