Health Science: Pre Physical Therapy Track
Physical therapists (PTs) are healthcare providers who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages. PTs conduct an evaluation and develop a treatment plan that promotes mobility, decreases pain, restores function, and prevents disability. Over the next decade, employment of physical therapists is projected to grow much faster than the average for other occupations. It is a challenging and rewarding career choice for individuals who want to make a positive impact on the health of Americans.
The LHU Pre Physical Therapy track prepares you for entry into graduate physical therapy programs across the country. The vast majority of physical therapists complete their education over a 7 year span (4 years undergraduate education and 3 years of graduate physical therapy education). You will work with your academic advisor in selecting the best choices of graduate schools for you.
Accelerated “3+3” LHU Bachelor of Science / Widener University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
A compressed schedule of undergraduate classes enables students accepted into this program to transition into the Physical Therapy program at Widener University at the end of the 3rd year at LHU.
Students are granted a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from LHU after successful completion of their first year of graduate studies at Widener. Students are awarded the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) after 6 years of study.
Admission to the accelerated “3+3” program is by invitation only. Students must submit an LHU application designating the major Health Science/Pre Physical Therapy and be accepted by November 1st. Applicants are carefully screened by the LHU Admission Department to ensure that they have the track record (e.g. high class rank and SAT scores) to succeed in this very concentrated, rigorous and demanding academic and professional program.
Once accepted into the “3+3” program, you must maintain the following criteria in order to ensure a guaranteed seat into the graduate program:
- Grade Point Average (GPA): 3.0 or above
- Grades in core classes: B- or better
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Minimum 300 (verbal and quantitative portions)
- Successful interview
Students that fail to meet the aforementioned “3+3” criteria will be required to complete the traditional four-year B.S. in Health Science/Pre Physical Therapy program and will apply for graduate school admission through the typical competitive admission process.