University of Southern Indiana

Pre-Physical Therapy

Get a head start on your physical therapy career.

USI's pre-physical therapy program offers everything you need to get into the best physical therapy graduate schools.

You'll get superior preparation and physical therapy training that emphasizes field experience and hands-on pre-physical therapy instruction. USI offers an advantage you won’t find in most pre-PT programs: You can enter the pre-PT track as a freshman and start taking pre-physical therapy courses immediately, enabling you to meet all your physical therapy prerequisites within four years and 120 credit hours.

You can complete the pre-PT program while earning either a bachelor's degree in biology or a bachelor's degree in exercise science. No matter which major you choose, you'll get outstanding preparation at USI to compete for admission to top physical therapy graduate programs across the country.

Compete for admission to the best physical therapy graduate schools

USI graduates have gained entry to some of the best physical therapy schools in the country. You can, too.

At USI you'll enjoy benefits that only the best pre-PT programs provide. Our pre-physical therapy track allows you to:

  • Get more than 400 hours of direct physical therapy practice in clinics, hospitals, rehab centers, and pro sports training facilities.

  • Practice cutting-edge science and train on state-of-the-art equipment in our Human Performance Laboratory.

  • Take all your pre-physical therapy courses from experienced professors, never graduate students.

  • Join the pre-professional club.

You can complete all your PT prerequisites in 120 credit hours, moving on to physical therapy school with strong professional training and the confidence you need to succeed.

To learn more about Pre-Physical Therapy preparation at USI, contact USI Admission at 800-467-1965.

For questions about Pre-Physical Therapy preparation in the Biology major, please contact:

Rebecca Sparks-Thissen
Dr. Rebecca Sparks-Thissen
Associate Professor of Biology
Contact: 812-465-1642
Science Center 1283


For questions about Pre-Physical Therapy preparation in the Exercise Science major, please contact:

Alyssa Weatherholt
Dr. Alyssa Weatherholt
Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Sport
Contact: 812-464-1742
Screaming Eagles Complex 347



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