MacMurray College's Biology Program (pre-physical therapy track) can prepare you to enter graduate school, where you could pursue a doctorate degree in physical therapy.
Through rigorous courses in such disciplines as biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and human anatomy and physiology, you are exposed to the knowledge you need to enter the graduate school of your choice. Students interested in pre-physical therapy usually complete additional courses required for entrance into the professional school of their choice (e.g., psychology). Some students minor in psychology or even double major in biology and psychology.
Applicants to doctorate programs in physical therapy need to score well on the Graduate Record Exam and should have a grade point average of at least 3.50. Graduate schools are also looking for work experience, and a variety of internships are available at area hospitals, medical offices, and clinics.
Undergraduate requirements for graduate school in physical therapy are variable, so the choice of courses at MacMurray will depend in part on where you plan to go for graduate school. The preparation for physical therapy graduate school is more interdisciplinary than many health care professions, involving courses in mathematics, physics, and psychology, as well as those in the life sciences. The faculty advisor will assist you in these choices.
Physical therapists help injured or ill people improve their movement and manage their pain. They are an important part of the rehabilitation, treatment, and prevention of chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries.
With the aging population in the United States, physical therapy is one of the fastest growing areas of the quickly-growing health professions. The U.S. government projects that the field will grow by nearly 35 percent in the next decade, more quickly than almost any other profession.
There is a variety of workplaces for physical therapists, including private offices, clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes, where they spend much of their time working with patients. The median pay for physical therapists is more than $80,000 per year.