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Physical Therapist administering therapy to patient

Physical Therapists (PTs) provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients with injuries or disease. Physical Therapists work closely with patients to restore, maintain, and promote their overall fitness and health. Patients may include accident victims and individuals with disabling conditions such as low back pain, fractures, head injuries, arthritis, heart disease, and cerebral palsy.

Physical Therapists examine patients' medical histories, test and measure their strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function. They also determine the patient's ability to be independent and reintegrate into the community or workplace after injury or illness. Finally, PTs develop treatment plans describing a treatment strategy, its purpose, and the anticipated outcome.

Pre-Physical Therapy is considered a designation at Texas Tech University; it is not a major. Pre-Physical Therapy students take the required courses in order to apply to a physical therapy program. Pre-Physical Therapy students also have the option to major in any area they choose as long as they take the prerequisite courses required to enter a physical therapy program along with the courses needed to earn a degree at Texas Tech University.

Prerequisite courses needed for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Sciences Doctor of Physical Therapy Program:

COURSE NAME Texas Tech University Texas Common Course Numbering System
CHEMISTRY I and LAB CHEM 1307/1107 CHEM 1411, 1311, 1111
CHEMISTRY II and LAB CHEM 1308/1108 CHEM 1414, 1412, 1312, 1112
BIOLOGY I and LAB BIOL 1403 BIOL 1406, 1306, 1106
BIOLOGY II and LAB BIOL 1404 BIOL 1407. 1307, 1107
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I and LAB ZOOL 2403 BIOL 2401, 2301, 2101
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II and LAB ZOOL 2404 BIOL 2402, 2302, 2102
PHYSICS I and LAB PHYS 1403 PHYS 1401, 1301, 1101
PHYSICS II and LAB PHYS 1404 PHYS 1402, 1302, 1102
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY PSY 1300 PSYC 2301
STATISTICAL METHODS MATH 2300 MATH 2442, 2342, 1442, 1342

Recommended courses:

COURSE NAME Texas Tech University Texas Common Course Numbering System
ORAL COMMUNICATION COMS 2300 SPCH 1315
INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING ENGL 2311 ENGL 2311
BIOMECHANICS ESS 3301  
MOTOR LEARNING ESS 3303  
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY ESS 3305  
APPLIED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY ESS 4368  
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY PSY 4301  
VERTEBRATE STRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT ZOOL 3405  
COMPARATIVE ANIMAL PHYSIOLOGY ZOOL 4409  

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

GRE Submission:

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to the program.

CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR) CERTIFICATION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Experience:

Applicants are expected to have some knowledge of the profession. This can be acquired in several ways: volunteer work, paid employment, and /or observation in physical therapy settings. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 100 clock hours of experience in one or more physical therapy settings prior to May 1st of the year of matriculation.  Additional experience hours will increase competitiveness of application.

For application and/or prerequisite information, please contact each professional program and check their websites frequently.

For more information Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health Sciences Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

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