Pre-Physical Therapy

The Pre-Physical Therapy program is one of HBU’s Health Professions Programs. It is designed to help prepare you to apply to physical therapy schools. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) website provides students with a list of accredited physical therapy programs in Texas that offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Each school has their own set of prerequisite courses, and students can fulfill these prerequisites at HBU in our pre-physical therapy program.  The following courses are often required by physical therapy schools. Students should check with physical therapy schools for their exact requirements.

  • Biology (BIOL 2454, 2455)
  • General Physiology and Advanced Anatomy (BIOL 3454, 3456)
  • General Chemistry (CHEM 2415, 2416)
  • Physics (PHYS 1416, 1417)
  • Statistics (PSYC 2301 OR MATH 3304)
  • Math (MATH 1434,1451)
  • Psychology (PSYC 1313, 2364,3313)
  • Sociology (SOCI 1313)
  • Oral Communication (COMM 1323),
  • Medical Terminology (BIOL 2281)
  • English (ENGL 1320, 1330)
  • Technical Writing

Selecting Majors
Please be aware that pre-physical therapy is not a major. You should select a major based on your area of interest, but science majors are recommended in order to satisfy many of the prerequisite courses while you pursue your HBU degree. Biochemistry-Molecular Biology, Biology or Chemistry majors are especially compatible with the above designated courses and are recommended by the Health Professions Office. Additional elective courses, beyond those needed for graduation, may be necessary to complete all the pre-medical prerequisites so that students are ready to apply to medical schools.

Receive Advising
Email the Health Professions Office for advising and questions on selecting majors, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, community service and clinical experience by e-mail or by making an appointment.

Meet with other Pre-Health Profession Students
HBU has a student group for all students interested in a career in pre-therapy. Dr. Avin Brownlee sponsors Pre-Therapy (PT/OT) Student Association (PTSA). They meet monthly and students will enjoy learning more about pre-physical and pre-occupational therapy. You can meet monthly with other students who share your interest in pre-therapy. Please contact Dr. Brownlee for more information.

Our Successes
Here are some of the places you can find HBU Huskies
University of Texas, San Antonio
Texas Woman’s University
Hardin Simmons University

“I applied to HBU hoping that I would become prepared to get into a Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. My expectations were exceeded by receiving a great preparation in academics and in faith. During my freshman year at HBU, my Health Professions Program advisor gave me a layout of the prerequisites for all the schools in Texas. This layout kept me focused when choosing my classes. Once I was ready for interviews, my advisor helped me with multiple mock interviews which boosted my confidence. I am so thankful for HBU being my foundation in undergraduate studies to start my journey in becoming a physical therapist.”
Dulce Flores, Hardin Simmons University


How can I be a strong candidate for physical therapy school?

  • Factors that determine admittance to physical therapy school

    There are many factors that determine whether a student is admitted to physical therapy school. Here are some important things for you to know.

    • Recently, a competitive student has a GPA of at least a 3.52 and a GRE (Graduate Record Exam) score of at least a 310 or above. Therefore, students must show academic strength in the sciences.
    • Participate in Campus Activities. Physical therapy schools will be interested in what you did during your undergraduate years inside and outside the classroom. In addition to PTSA, participate in Student Government, student groups, service organizations or any other area where you have an interest.
    • Leadership experience. Physical therapy schools will want to know about your leadership experience, so become an officer of PTSA, a Scout leader, a leader in your place of worship or your community.
    • Clinical Experience. Physical therapy schools want to see evidence that you are already involved in the field. Begin by volunteering in a hospital, clinic or sports medicine facility. Physical therapy schools prefer that you have experience in multiple areas such as pediatric, gerontology, and rehabilitation, so volunteer in several areas.