Pre-Physical Therapy

Are you interested in a career providing physical therapy services to clients with functional limitations, disabilities, or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes? The Health Science-Pre-Physical Therapy major at the University of Central Arkansas is specially designed to assist students in completing prerequisite course work to meet requirements for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Our program offers a comprehensive curriculum in health science with an emphasis in pre-physical therapy courses, including: pathophysiology, pharmacology, epidemiology research, community health, health concerns of the aging, mechanical kinesiology, exercise physiology, physiological psychology, and special topics in physical therapy. You can even take international physical therapy studies courses, through which you will have the opportunity to study abroad to enhance your knowledge of health care systems, physical therapy services, and cultures of other countries through organized field trip experiences.

As a Health Science-Pre-Physical Therapy major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:

  • Expert Faculty with diverse professional and academic credentials, who are deeply committed to the success of their students, both in the classroom and in the future. They provide individual attention and mentoring, guidance, and unique opportunities for their students to participate in service learning in the local community, develop websites and Public Service Announcements for in-class projects, work with cutting-edge technology and network with local health care professionals.
  • Research Opportunities in the Department of Physical Therapy are available for course credit. Students may work directly alongside a faculty mentor who is doing clinical research in areas such as hippotherapy, exercise and diabetes, and interventions to alleviate neonatal pain, among others.
  • Pre-PT Club, a UCA student organization designed to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional physical therapy community through: effective communication and personal interactions, leadership experience, workshops, guest speakers, graduate programs, and outreach services to the campus and local communities, such as volunteer projects and sponsored campus events.
  • Employment Opportunities: Physical Therapy is one of the fastest growing medical occupations. Graduates from the UCA Doctor of Physical Therapy program are employed in diverse clinical settings, including acute hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, pediatric facilities, and outpatient clinics throughout Arkansas at starting yearly salaries around $60,000 with numerous financial incentives available.

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