PRE-PHYSICAL THERAPY

If you want to become a physical therapist, Ozarks can help you make your goal a reality.

First, pre-physical therapy, like all of our pre-professional programs, isn’t actually a major at U of O; it is a focus of study. This means you will become specifically trained in a discipline, usually health science for pre-physical therapy students, while also benefiting from the broad training of the liberal arts.

In our pre-physical therapy program, you’ll take a sequence of classes that have been proven to get you ready for that all-important Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and prepare you for physical therapy school. But it’s not just the classes that help you prepare…by working closly with your Pre-Physical Therapy program advisor, you’ll get a chance to do your own research if you want. You will also participate in hands-on experiential education, including shadowing physical therapists in the community to help you understand what it’s really like being a physical therapist. And that can give you a definite advantage when you start the Physical Therapy School application process!

A hallmark of an Ozarks education is the opportunity to learn from and interact with faculty. Because you’ll be a part of a relatively small number of pre-physical therapy students, our faculty members will not only be your teachers, they’ll be your mentors.

Our pre-physical therapy program is challenging, but it’s worth the effort. Our graduates tell that story better than anyone. Cole just graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Trine University. Jordana has been accepted into the University of Central Arkansas’ Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. Parker is headed to Regis University in Denver for their three-year DPT program.

“Part of what I think Ozarks does best [is] mentoring students beyond teaching them in the classroom. It gives our students an advantage when they leave here. Larger universities cannot do this to the level we can and other colleges do not offer it in the way we do.” – Sean Coleman, Professor of Biology


WHAT OUR STUDENTS DO

Finley finds calling in athletic training

Though just a few weeks old, 2016 has already proven to be a banner year for University of the Ozarks senior Grady Finley toward his goal of becoming an athletic trainer.

Professors Stone, LeRoy to present at state health, PE convention

University of the Ozarks Professors Dr. Brett Stone and Dr. Pete LeRoy will make a presentation on career opportunities in the health profession at the annual state convention of the Arkansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance (ArkAHPERD).

Injury leads to career path for Andrews

A serious injury on the basketball court led to a career epiphany for Jordana Andrews.