Physical Therapy Major: Doctoral Degree Program
THE MARQUETTE physical therapy major
SPECIALIZE. Unlike many PT programs, Marquette's physical therapy major gives you the latitude to develop your interest in a variety of areas — such as sports, orthopedics, neurological, cardiopulmonary, wellness and pediatrics — by offering advanced practice electives, specialty clinicals, projects and mentoring by top experts in those fields.
As a Marquette physical therapy major, you'll:
- Study in a program ranked 19th in the nation — in the top 10 percent — by U.S. News and World Report
- Learn from internationally renowned professors who have won dozens of awards from the American Physical Therapy Association
- Have the opportunity to do your clinicals at one of 500-plus sites nationwide, including in Alaska and Hawaii
GET OUT OF THE CLASSROOM. As a physical therapy major, you'll enjoy 30 weeks of clinical experience in Milwaukee and throughout the country during the final two years of your professional phase.
COMPETENCE AND COMPASSION. Marquette's major in physical therapy provides more than advanced technical training. The values-centered University Core of Common Studies will help equip you to make a difference in your patients' lives.
ACADEMIC FREEDOM. Unlike many physical therapy programs that limit your choices of undergraduate majors, Marquette gives you a wide variety of majors from which to choose. Exercise physiology and athletic training are the most popular majors for physical therapy students, providing training in fitness, wellness, disease prevention, and the care of sports injuries. These two majors, combined with physical therapy, provide a second expertise in human performance training, or sport medicine, that complement a physical therapy education and enhance the student's marketability.
FLEXIBLE AND PROFITABLE. Physical therapists choose from traditional 9-to-5 careers to more flexible private practices, often combining part-time positions.
OH MY ACHING BACK! Promotion of good physical health has created popular demand for employers (and opened new opportunities for physical therapists) to provide employee training in safe work habits to reduce workplace injuries.
THE SIX-YEAR DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM
Marquette's physical therapy program consists of a three-year pre-professional phase and a three-year professional phase. Students graduate with a bachelor's degree in an academic area of choice and a doctor of physical therapy degree. You may enter Marquette's physical therapy program in one of two ways: direct freshman admission to the six-year program or separate admission to the three-year professional phase.
DIRECT FRESHMAN ADMISSION (HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ONLY)
Strong candidates for this program typically rank in the top quarter of their high school classes (when applicable), have comparable ACT or SAT scores and have done well in science and math courses. Completion of the following high school courses is required for admission to the physical therapy program:
- 1 year of biology
- 1 year of chemistry
- 3 years of college-preparatory math (algebra, geometry, advanced algebra and/or trigonometry)
- 1 year of physics is recommended
SEPARATE ADMISSION TO THE THREE-YEAR PHASE
If you aren't offered direct freshman admission, you may still enroll at Marquette and match the program's academic requirements. We reserve a minimum of 10 places in the professional phase for Marquette students to enter through separate admission. You need to complete at least 12 credits of physical therapy prerequisites at Marquette to apply to the professional phase. Admission is not guaranteed, and competition for these spots is keen. Transfer students are also welcome to apply.
|D.P.T. Prerequisites||Course Credits|
|Chemistry I & II||8|
|Physics I & II||8|
|Introduction to Physical Therapy*||1|
|*optional for transfer students|
You might like the physical therapy major if you:
- Excel in science, especially human sciences
- Enjoy working with people
- Are sensitive to people with special needs
What can you do with a major in physical therapy?
One hundred percent of our physical therapy graduates are employed within six months of graduation. Many work in hospitals, outpatient clinics, sports medicine settings, school systems and rehabilitation centers around the country. Learn more about what you can do with a major in physical therapy.
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Suggested curriculum for a physical therapy major
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Completed during first three years
- Culture and Disability
- General Pathology
- Health Policy
- Human Gross Anatomy
- Kinesiology I
- Pain Mechanism and Treatment
- Pathophysiology and Aging
- Patient Management I
- Tests and Measures
- Human Physiology
- Medical Ethics
- Pain Mechanisms
- Diagnostic Imaging and Testing
- Differential Diagnosis of Disease
- Introduction to Evidence-based Decision Making
- Patient Management II
- Physical Technologies/Electrotherapy
- Electrophysiological Testing
- Clinical I (12 weeks in classroom/4 weeks in clinic)
- Evidence Based Decision Making
- Kinesiology II
- Lifespan Development
- Orthopedics I & II
- Patient Management III
- Physiology of Activity
- Wound Management/Integumentary Physical Therapy
- Advanced Topics in Biomechanics and Kinesiology
- Clinical II
- Clinical III & IV
- Clinical Issues and Decision Making
- Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy
- Critically Appraising and Contributing to the Evidence for Clinical Practice
- Neurological Rehabilitation I & II
- Pediatric Disorders and Intervention
- Advanced Elective