Pre-Physical Therapy – Exercise Science

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Pre-professional programs prepare students to enter graduate school with confidence. Pre-physical therapy gives students a foundation in exercise science and biology, allowing them to tackle graduate school prerequisites at the undergraduate level.

Fall 2021 undergraduate start date: August 30, 2021

At a glance

Programmatic Credits


Standard Completion Time:

4 yrs


Why Study Pre-Physical Therapy – Exercise Science?

This degree prepares students for careers in scientific research, entry level positions in science fields, and graduate school in the sciences. An in-depth study of this life science is an essential first step toward a variety of professional degrees dedicated to the study and application of biology. By observing the natural world through a rigorous curriculum, students will master the critical thinking and researching skills needed to navigate the world’s complexities. Students who wish to enter the physical therapy field should consider this program.

Why Study Pre-Physical Therapy – Exercise Science at Cairn?

  • Examine science through a meaningful biblically-based education that integrates all disciplines.
  • Gain hands-on experiences through extensive lab training.
  • Develop the research skills needed to pursue graduate school.
  • Explore the technical aspects of the field such as organic chemistry and statistics.
  • Study the prerequisite 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

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At a glance

Program Credits


Standard Completion Time

4 yrs

Programmatic Accreditation

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Philadelphia College of Osteopathic MedicineA Clear Path to Graduate School

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine will accept up to three Cairn University students per year into its Biomedical Sciences (MS) and MS in Forensic Medicine programs. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative and science cumulative GPA, take specific prerequisite courses, apply to their chosen graduate program, and have a successful interview with the PCOM admissions committee in order to be considered for admission. 

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Biology Scholarship

Up to $4,000 may be awarded to qualifying, full-time students enrolled in a biology program. This scholarship is renewable annually. Contact your admissions counselor for more information, or learn more about this scholarship and other financial aid options here.

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