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Undergraduate, Pre-Professional | In-Person

Pre-Physical Therapy

Take the first step towards a career in physical therapy with Belmont University's pre-physical therapy emphasis track. Help improve lives & manage injury/chronic conditions.

Why Study Pre-Physical Therapy? 

Pre-physical therapy at Belmont University can provide you with a solid foundation in exercise science and the hands-on experience needed to succeed in the field. The program will prepare you for graduate-level physical therapy programs and jumpstart your career. Pursuing a pre-physical therapy emphasis will give you the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others and help manage injuries and chronic conditions. The program at Belmont University also offers an array of hands-on experiences and support from experienced faculty that will give you the necessary skills to succeed in the field. Furthermore, the program will provide you with the opportunity to network with professionals in the field and gain a deeper understanding of the field and the career opportunities available to you.

What You'll Learn 

  • Students will learn the foundational knowledge and skills required for their desired pre-professional program, such as the basic sciences and specific prerequisites.
  • Students will gain a deeper understanding of the field through advanced coursework and hands-on experience.
  • Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are essential for success in graduate-level programs.
  • Students will have the opportunity to engage in research or other forms of scholarly activity, which can be beneficial for graduate school applications.
  • Students will gain exposure to the professional community through networking opportunities and mentorship programs, which can help them make informed decisions about their future career path.


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Career Possibilities

  • Physical Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Sports Medicine Physician
  • Biomechanist
  • Kinesiotherapist
  • Orthotist/Prosthetist
  • Rehabilitation Engineer

Program Details

Physical Therapy schools do not require any particular major so students are encouraged to choose majors that best suit their own academic talents and interests.

Courses in chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, physics, statistics and social and behavioral sciences are required by most physical therapy schools.

For Physical Therapy schools, students should check with the PT graduate programs they are interested in for specific requirements.

Possible majors include:

Discover Pre-Health Clubs

Belmont has several pre-health student organizations, housed in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Discover the groups here and join the groups that fit your goals on BruinLink.

  • Biology with a Pre-Health emphasis | Jennifer Thomas | Department Chair & Professor, Biology Department
  • Exercise Science | Patrick Schneider | Department Chair & Professor
  • Psychology | Dr. Patrick Morse | Department Chair & Associate Professor of Psychology