Preparing for a career in Physical Therapy

LeTourneau University has some great advantages for pre-PT students.

Mentoring Relationships with Professors

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.

Interaction with Physical Therapists

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.

Hands-on Research Opportunities

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)

Involvement with Upperclassmen & Alumni

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.

Variety of Degree Options

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:

  • Kinesiology:
    This is the major that most closely matches the prerequisites required by physical therapy schools. Courses in Kinesiology provide a good preparation for PT school. Flexibility in the schedule enables many students to pick up a Spanish minor, which can which can be a great benefit when pursuing a career in physical therapy.
  • Biology:
    Biology is also a good fit for physical therapy students. The upper level science courses taken by Biology students are attractive to PT school. The Wheels Project is also based out of the Biology department, and biology students have the opportunity to earn an International Studies minor if they participate in the Wheels Project.

Questions? Contact:

Wayne Jacobs

Professor of Kinesiology,
Pre-PT Advisor

(903) 233-3861

Other Pre-Health Options

These advantages also apply to students heading into other health-related professions that require graduate school, such as

  • medical practice
  • occupational therapy
  • dentistry
  • vet school
  • and many more

For more information on preparing for these other professions at LeTourneau visit the pre-med or pre-health pages.