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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Pre-Physical Therapy

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The Pre-Physical Therapy track prepares students for entrance into a professional curriculum for Physical Therapy at institutions that offer a doctoral degree. Pre-Physical Therapy is not a degree-granting program at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Most physical therapy schools now confer only doctoral degrees, Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T). Currently, the accepted, entry-level clinical degree to practice as a Physical Therapist is the D.P.T.  The length of time to complete the D.P.T coursework is usually three years.  University of Maryland students interested in attending a D.P.T program need to complete a four-year degree in their selected major in addition to completing physical therapy prerequisites. The coursework required to enter a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree program varies depending on the professional schools to which the student intends to apply and the expected year of matriculation into the professional phase of Physical Therapy.   Most physical therapy schools also require some health-care experience in the physical therapy field.

Several educational paths exist for students who wish to enter the physical therapy field. Students are encouraged to thoroughly research this profession and determine which educational path best leads to their particular career goals.

Prerequisites may change; students are strongly encouraged to contact professional programs for the most current requirements. The American Physical Therapy Association as well as the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service maintains information about individual program prerequisites. See www.apta.org and/or www.ptcas.org .

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