Pre-occupational therapy

Pre-physical therapy

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You love to be active, and you recognize the life-giving value of physical therapy for people healing from injuries.

If you want to spend your career helping people return to peak physical condition, begin with a pre-physical therapy degree from TWU.


Program Description

Housed under the Health and Human Performance department, the pre-physical therapy degree has a heavy foundation in exercise science. Pre-physical therapy prepares students for graduate study and a career in physical therapy.


Experiences within the Exercise Science department include multiple lab-based courses, hands-on learning experiences, collaborative research projects with faculty, internships within the department, athletics, and the community, the Health and Human Performance club, and the Exercise is Medicine on Campus® initiative.


Career Opportunities

Pre-physical therapy specifically prepares students for graduate school and training and physical therapy, as well as the application process for PT school.

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A study of fundamental anatomical, mechanical, and neuromuscular principles as they apply to human movement.

Exercise Physiology

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of human physiology and response to muscular activity and exercise in human performance. Specific topics addressed are an introduction to exercise physiology and its history, physiological support systems (cardiovascular, pulmonary, neuromuscular, endocrine), energy transfer and basic nutritional considerations.

Sport, Exercise, and Health Psychology

This course is devoted to learning to use and develop effective mental training skills for successful sport, exercise/physical activity, and life performance. Topics are covered from a leadership perspective and include motivation, goals, competitive drive, overtraining, anxiety, anger, concentration, imagery, leadership, teamwork, coaching, injuries, eating disorders, and substance use.