Academics

Pre-Physical Therapy Program at Wisconsin Lutheran College

The pre-physical therapy program at WLC is right for you

Lee Plamann knew that he wanted to enroll in a top-shelf Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. He knew he'd be competitive for admission to these programs because of the training he received at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

"Truthfully, I cannot imagine a better institution than WLC that one could attend in order to develop a solid foundation for graduate programs and for entering the professional workplace."

Lee attributes his success to the close personal relationships he built with the faculty during his tenure at WLC.

"I'm astounded by the impact that a brief four years at WLC had on me. During my time at WLC, I had professors who constantly invested personal interest in my development and provided mentorship."

Not only was Lee offered admission to several top DPT programs, he was awarded the prestigious Helen Kaiser Physical Therapy Scholarship at Duke University, in part because of his diverse academic training.

Lee Plamann photo

Lee Plamann: 2010 WLC biology graduate and Duke University Physical Therapy School Class of 2013

A career in physical therapy is rewarding in many ways

Physical therapists (PTs) work to prevent and rehabilitate restrictions to function or movement caused by disease, injury, or aging. Physical therapists may work in a variety of settings (hospital, outpatient clinic, private office, or fitness centers) and choose from a variety of specialties (geriatric, cardiopulmonary, orthopedic, etc.).

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for physical therapists is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations. For this reason, the job outlook for physical therapists is generally good, and excellent for those with specialties in hospital or orthopedic settings. According to the 2008 United States Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, the mean annual salary for PTs is $72,790.

A career in physical therapy requires a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from an accredited DPT program.

The pre-physical therapy curriculum at WLC

Most DPT programs require or recommend two semesters of general chemistry (CHE 161, 162), two semesters of general biology (BIO 201, 202), two semesters of physics (PHY 201, 202), two semesters of anatomy and physiology (BIO 225, 255), and additional coursework in statistics and psychology.

Pre-physical therapy students may major in any academic specialty, however, most choose to obtain a bachelor of science degree in the health science track of the biology major. Most DPT programs require the submission of GRE scores and a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA, although many competitive programs seek out applicants with 3.5 or higher GPAs.