Pre-Physical Therapy

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 34 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for physical therapy services will come from the aging baby boomers who are staying active later in life. In addition, physical therapists will be needed to treat people with mobility issues stemming from chronic conditions, such as diabetes or obesity. Neumann University is excited to offer our Pre-Physical Therapy Program to students who wish to be part of this rapidly growing field.

Although a student in any major can enter the Pre-Physical Therapy program, several pre-requisites must be completed prior to graduation. They are:

  • Anatomy and Physiology with Lab (8 credits)
  • General Biology with Lab (8 credits)
  • General Physics with Lab (8 credits)
  • General Chemistry with Lab (8 credits)
  • Psychology (6 credits, including Introduction to Psychology)
  • Mathematics (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)

Neumann University offers a four year pre-physical therapy track as well as an intensive three year accelerated track. As part of the Pre-Physical Therapy curriculum you will also complete a minimum of 200 hours of documented work experience/observation with a licensed Physical Therapist. In October of your final year at Neumann University, qualified undergraduates in the Pre-Physical Therapy program will be invited to apply for admission to our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.

Three spaces are reserved each year for Neumann University undergraduates who have completed their undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.5 both in the undergraduate major and in the pre-requisite pre-physical therapy courses and who have attained the median scores required of the DPT program on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). In addition, The Doctorate in Physical Therapy program requires 3 letters of recommendation and a minimum overall score of 89, with a minimum score of 26 on the verbal subtest on the Internet-based TOEFL or its equivalent on either the computer-based or paper and pencil test. This test is required for students from a non-English speaking country or for whom English is a second language.

For additional information, please call the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, which coordinates the admission of all students, at (610) 558-5616 or (800) 9-NEUMANN or feel free to e-mail us at