What Undergraduate Major Should You Select?
Students may major in any discipline in their undergraduate program. In addition to
degree requirements for the chosen major, students interested in pursuing a graduate
degree in Physical Therapy must complete a variety of prerequisite coursework. It
is important that you refer to the programs that you are interested in applying to
in order to learn about prerequisite requirements. The University of South Alabama
DPT prerequisite requirements can be found in the current bulletin.
According to the American Physical Therapy Association, most Doctor of Physical Therapy students earned undergraduate majors in: exercise science, biology, kinesiology, and psychology, although we have had successful applicants from a variety of majors including Education, Engineering, Music, and other arts. As with all students, we advise that you consider career options available to you when you select your undergraduate major. Would you enjoy working in this field if you decided physical therapy was not your ultimate career goal?
Please refer to the American Physical Therapy Association website for information regarding the profession as well as undergraduate major advice.
For Academic Advising for Pre-PT students, please refer to the USA Pre-Health webpage.
The Pre-Physical Therapy (Pre-PT) Club is an undergraduate student-run organization
affiliated with the University Of South Alabama Program Of Physical Therapy. Membership
in the Pre-PT Club provides students opportunities to meet other students who are
interested in physical therapy and to learn more about the physical therapy profession.
This is an active group involved in community service, improving academics, and the
development of a network of like-minded people.
Visit our Facebook page for additional information and the meeting and event updates.
Upcoming Events: See the club Facebook page!
Pre-PT Faculty Advisor: Dr. Richie Cahanin