Physical Therapy

Center of Pre-Health Professions

Pre-health is a career track at ACU and not a major. CPHP students are allowed to select any major on campus to earn a degree in while also working toward their professional goals in a health-service field. The most common majors pursued by our students are biology, biochemistry, kinesiology, nutrition and animal science.

Pre-health is a career track at ACU and not a major. CPHP students are allowed to select any major on campus to earn a degree in while also working toward their professional goals in a health-service field. The most common majors pursued by our students are biology, biochemistry, kinesiology, nutrition and animal science.

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About Physical Therapy

Physical therapists work with patients who have lost certain physical abilities through injury or illness to relieve their pain, help them regain physical strength, help them recover the use of an affected limb, or relearn how to perform the activities of daily living. They confer with the patient’s physician prior to initiating treatment and evaluation. Evaluating a patient’s physical ability through testing, which includes range-of-motion tests, manual-muscle tests, gait and functional analysis, and other diagnostic tools, helps the therapist establish a program for the patient, teach the patient the techniques they need to use, and monitor their progress. Develop your passion for physical therapy in CPHP.

 

 

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Considerations

Physical therapists work with patients who have lost certain physical abilities through injury or illness to relieve their pain, help them regain physical strength, help them recover the use of an affected limb, or relearn how to perform the activities of daily living. Evaluating a patient’s physical ability through testing, which includes range of motion tests, manual-muscle tests, gait and functional analysis, and other diagnostic tools , helps the therapist establish a program for the patient, teach the patient techniques they need to use, and monitor their progress. Physical therapists work in rehabilitation, community health, industry, sports, research, education, and administration.

The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties certifies qualified physical therapists in seven areas of specialty (cardiopulmonary, clinical electro-physiology, neurology, orthopedics, pediatrics, geriatrics, and sports physical therapy).

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Course Prerequisites

The physical therapy science prerequisites vary by school and change frequently. Students must contact each school to learn the most recent information regarding the required GPA, letters of recommendation, course prerequisites, and other admissions requirements.

Volunteer experience in the field is recommended to strengthen a student’s interpersonal skills as well as increase his understanding of career requirements. In Texas, physical therapists must receive a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.