Physical therapists work with patients to re-establish basic physical or motor functions that have been impaired due to an injury or stroke. Augustana’s pre-physical therapy program prepares students for the entrance requirements into physical therapy doctorate programs around the country.
Students pursuing a career in physical therapy may choose a major in any area of study; they also complete pre-physical therapy curriculum requirements in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology, sociology, classics and speech.
The five-year placement rate for Augustana students in physical therapy graduate programs is 90 percent.
Augustana is one of only two undergraduate institutions with an articulation agreement with the respected graduate program in physical therapy at Washington University in St. Louis. This agreement gives Augustana Pre-PT students who have met established criteria a significant admissions advantage over students from other colleges.
The 114,000-square-foot Science Building houses the pre-health programs and the departments of biology, chemistry and physics. Special facilities include high-tech individual labs for anatomy and physiology, cell biology, genetics and human cadaver dissection, among others. Very few undergraduate students throughout the country have the opportunity to work in a human cadaver lab.