LeTourneau University has some great advantages for pre-PT students.
Unlike large state schools, even our entry-level science courses are taught by professors. Undergraduates have opportunities to work directly with professor as lab and research assistants, often building close, mentoring relationships.
These relationships are invaluable for pre-PT students, as physical therapy schools are looking for great reference letters from professionals who can provide informed recommendations for students they know well.
A strong network of local physical therapists invest in the lives of LETU students. These physical therapists provide shadowing opportunities and regularly visit campus to interact with pre-PT students. They are committed to building into your life.
At LETU, undergrads can be actively involved in hands-on research projects, rather than merely assisting graduate students. For example, students who join the Wheels Project travel to Kenya to complete studies on the efficacy of wheelchair designed for use in low-income countries.
"The small class size has allowed me to be hands on in undergraduate research and actually BE the researcher, which is very impressive to those reviewing applications (and I believe is one of the big reasons I was able to get into PT school!). Getting to know teachers also allows the chance to get better recommendation letters when applying to schools."
- Kristen Huff, Biology (Pre-PT)
LeTourneau University has a student led club, Hygeia, which includes current students as well as alumni. The Facebook page and the meetings on campus provide opportunities to learn from those a step ahead in the journey.
As you likely already know, pre-physical therapy is not a major. If you hadn’t heard this, the American Physical Therapy Association is a great resource for basic information. As you’ll see, a student can enter physical therapy school successfully from any major as long as he or she has done well in all the prerequisites and competencies required or suggested.
Most Pre-PT students at LETU enroll in one of the following majors:
These advantages also apply to students heading into other health-related professions that require graduate school, such as