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Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy

Offered by: Exercise Science

The SRU Exercise Science major is an excellent choice if you're preparing for graduate study and a career as a physical therapist.

Why Choose Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy?

SRU Exercise Science is recognized as one of the best accredited undergraduate programs in the country. Students are highly successful at gaining acceptance into Doctor of Physical Therapy  programs and excelling in those programs once they are there.  As an Exercise Science student at SRU, you'll become skilled in understanding the human body. You'll understand the psychology of motivation and how you can help your future patients reach their health-related goals. You'll also learn how to use advanced technology and receive hands-on learning experiences. You'll receive a strong science base-including anatomy, exercise physiology, and pathophysiology. And you'll learn how to apply that knowledge through practical experiences working with real people.

What are your options?

Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy SRU 3+3
Earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy in six years rather than seven. In the first three years, you complete your exercise science major courses and pre-requisites for the SRU DPT program. During your third undergraduate year, you apply for admission into the SRU DPT program. If accepted, your first year in the SRU DPT program meets the remaining requirements for your undergraduate degree. If not accepted, you continue to complete your undergraduate degree and can reapply to the program. The accelerated option is for incoming freshmen only.

Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy (SRU Traditional)
Complete the requirements for your exercise science major and the pre-requisites for the SRU DPT program and apply to the SRU DPT program in your senior year.

Career as a Physical Therapist

Upon completion of the Exercise Science undergraduate program and the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program you will be well prepared to embark on your career as a Physical Therapist, a growing profession with increasing demand.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Exercise Science Society
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Club