Physical Therapy Pathways
Students interested in a career in physical therapy can choose a number of undergraduate majors to prepare for admission to a graduate program.
Many students choose majors in biology or kinesiology and work closely with their academic advisor and the pre-health advisor to select courses that meet pre-admission requirements, identify local clinics to complete observation hours, and prepare for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Learn about Loras full-time health advisor and why advising matters.
The Loras Pre-Health Advising Office is here to support our students in exploring health careers and preparing our students for a competitive health professional school application. Pre-health tracks are not majors, but a sequence of courses to help prepare students for the application to specific health professional graduate programs after earning a bachelor’s degree at Loras College.
You may choose a major in any field and take the required prerequisite courses for your desired health professional track. Our pre-health advisor and faculty advisors guide students on course sequencing and work with them to develop a plan of study for each student depending on their major and desired health professional pathway.
Additionally, we encourage and guide you to work in the healthcare field, shadow healthcare professionals in a variety of settings, as well as help them find volunteer and leadership experiences during their time with us. This provides an opportunity for our students to confirm their calling, to develop into well-rounded healthcare professionals and leaders in the future, and to develop a competitive health professional school application.
Loras staff and faculty have a decades-long record in preparing students for competitive health professional programs locally and nationally with acceptance rates that well exceed the national average. Our pre-health advisor is a member of the NAAHP (National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions) which provides comprehensive guidance and resources to prepare students for health care careers.
- Regular advising sessions with the pre-health advisor and faculty advisors
- Campus visits from local health science professionals
- Opportunities to investigate the health profession of choice
- Resources on career choice, schools, and admissions requirements
- Opportunity to join the Student Health Science Association
- Personal statement and interview guidance
Get the right experience
We encourage and guide you to work in the healthcare field, shadow healthcare professionals in a variety of settings, and help you find volunteer and leadership experiences during your time with us.