Roger Mommaerts Physical therapists provide care to people suffering from injuries. They develop goals and plans for the patients recovery. They work in a variety of settings and give to patients through dedication, motivation and positivity. Key Points Being "Pre-PT" is an interest in addition to your major. Physical Therapy schools accept a variety of majors and require particular courses. Programs Doctor of Physical Therapy, DPT After graduating from UAH, the average curriculum of a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree takes approximately 3 years. Prospective physical therapists must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) to become licensed practitioners. Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science Rehabilitation Science focuses on human function and disability. This degree contributes to the knowledge of rehabilitation science or translate research findings into practice to advance the field. The courses below only apply to the DPT program. Various Schools in Alabama University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Health Professions (UAB) - Birmingham, AL University of South Alabama Patt Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions (USA) - Mobile, AL Samford University School of Health Professions (Samford) - Birmingham, AL Faulkner Univeristy Physical Therapy Program - Montgomery, AL Recommended Course & GPA Requirements At UAH, we can help you become a competitive applicant for your future professional school. To do so, 3.5+ cumulative and science GPA is recommended. Pre-requisites of the below courses are enforced. Schools look for these classes: Hours NeededCourse NeededWhat to Take at UAH 8 hrs General Biology BYS 119 & BYS 120 8 hrs General Chemistry CH 121/125 & CH 123/126 8 hrs General Physics PH (101&102) or PH (111/114 & 112/115) 8 hrs Anatomy & Physiology I and II BYS (215 & 216) or BYS (313 & 314) 4 hrs Pre-Calculus Algebra MA 112+ 3 hrs Statistics MA 281 or PY 300 3-4 hrs Medical Terminology BYS 320 6 hrs 3 Social Sciences, 2 must be Psych Courses Choices Below Courses positively adding to your application: Course NeededWhat to Take at UAH Developmental Psychology PY 201 or PY 315 Sociology SOC 100 Calculus MA 171 Kinesiology & Biomechanics BYS 402 Exercise Physiology BYS 401 Upper level science courses illustrate interest in science and provide an in depth look into such subjects. There is a lot more you can do to make your application stand out. The above courses support required and suggested coursework for Alabama schools. The combination of courses are guidelines, and specific requirements may differ among schools. Entrance Exam GRE Roger Mommaerts The GRE is the required entrance exam for PT school, which tests on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. Verbal: Evaluation of written work, analysis of information obtained, and relationships among words and concepts. Quantitative: Measures problem-solving skills; focuses on arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis. Writing: Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills; Ability to articulate and support complex ideas effectively. Testing Centers & Preparation The GRE is offered multiple times during the year. The strongest way to increase your score is to take practice tests. In between each test, assess strengths and weaknesses, focus on improving weaknesses, and re-assess with another practice test. Visit the GRE website and make an appointment with the Office of Pre-Health Advising for recommendations on preparation. Timing and Organization Take the exam once prepared. Many students do so in the Spring semester of the year they are planning to apply to professional school. Schedule a one-on-one advising appointment with the Pre-Health Advisor to discuss your individualized timeline. Many programs begin to fill seats as soon as their application cycle opens. Plan ahead and apply early Outside Class Experiences It's More Than Just Grades Roger Mommaerts Health Care Experiences What better way to make sure you want to be in healthcare than by shadowing? Shadowing will go a long way in not only making you a mature applicant, but making sure others see you as prepared. Many schools have requirements on the number of documented shadowing hours needed for their programs. The Office of Pre-Health Advising can help you understand requirements needed for a strong application. Community Service and Volunteering Working in healthcare means having a heart of service. This means wanting to give back to the community. Find something enjoyable and go forth! Keeping a Journal Use a journal to record thoughts on your experiences. Activities come to life with reflection. Topics to consider writing about may include: Why one chose their profession, shadowing, or volunteering. This journal may be helpful when writing your personal statement. Research Research experience can provide you with opportunities to work with faculty, learn skills beyond the classroom, use research methods, and engage in critical analysis. Research allows a better understanding between theory and practice using innovative and creative thinking. Getting into professional school is about desiring to be a better person and better future professional. It's a complex process and we're here to help!