Pre-Physical Therapy — Exercise Science

Whether your interested in athletic training or injury recovery, build a foundational understanding of care for the human body in preparation for graduate school.

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Why Pre-Physical Therapy?

This program is designed for students who want to pursue a career as a DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy. Students who study pre-physical therapy at their undergraduate institution complete prerequisites for the doctoral program and are better prepared for doctoral coursework than other students who are attempting to enter the program with a different undergraduate background. Choosing this program shows that you have a laser-like focus on your future career and are taking the best steps forward. Of course,  this program serves as a solid platform to launch into other career options as well.

Why Pre-Physical Therapy at Cairn?

  • Study exercise science through an integrated biblical worldview that strengthens your faith in God.
  • Gain hands-on experiences through extensive lab training.
  • Develop research skills needed to pursue graduate school.
  • Explore the technical aspects of the field such as organic chemistry and statistics.
  • Interact with professors invested in you and your pursuits.
  • Complete courses needed to apply for the Biomedical Sciences (MS), or MS in Forensic Medicine programs at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (up to three Cairn students will be accepted in each program per year!)

Career Paths

  • Physical Therapist
  • Assistant Physical Therapist
  • Athletic Trainer