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Pre-Professional Allied Health

CHANGE LIVES FOR THE BETTER EVERY DAY. PREPARE FOR AN ADVANCED DEGREE IN ALLIED HEALTH. BECOME A PHYSICAL THERAPIST OR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST AND WORK WITH PATIENTS ONE-ON-ONE TO HELP THEM OVERCOME PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS AND REGAIN MOBILITY.
Physical therapists

TAKE THE FIRST STEP

Physical therapists (PT) and occupational therapists (OT) are in high demand across the country. To become a licensed PT or OT, however, you need to obtain an advanced professional degree such as a doctorate. Most doctorate programs require you to have a bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited university. 

At ONU, you can declare a pre-professional program, pre-PT or pre-OT, along with your major. You will be assigned a faculty advisor who will help you design a program of study that prepares you for the rigorous academic coursework needed for entrance into an advanced practice doctorate program. 

Our pre-professional allied health program gives you the flexibility to change your mind about your future. You’ll graduate with a marketable degree that will prepare you for a wide variety of future career paths. You’ll have a solid foundation in the basic and applied sciences, including physiology, anatomy, kinesiology, health and fitness, and exercise and medicine, as well as practical, hands-on experience under your belt. 

From day one, you’ll be part of our family. You’ll enjoy small classes, a safe campus and lifelong friendships. Our supportive professors will get to know you by name. They’ll help you prepare for admission into the doctoral PT/OT program of your choice – and excel once you get there.

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Curriculum

Major
Minor
Preprofessional Program
Concentration
Pathway

OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

JOIN THE CLUB

Join like-minded friends for networking, professional development and social activities. Students in our Pre-Physical Therapy and Pre-Occupational Therapy Club are active and engaged, sponsoring guest speakers, taking field trips and volunteering at Primrose Retirement Community in Lima, Ohio.

BE STRATEGIC

An internship will not only enhance your graduate school application, but also help you discover your career interests. Our professors and network of alumni will open the door to amazing internships opportunities at places like the Cleveland Clinic, the OSU Center for Wellness and Prevention, Lifestyles at Akron General Hospital, Concord Therapy and Kids Therapy, and more.



THINK SUCCESS

PAIGE TORBET BS ’16

“With the polar bear family by my side, I was able to pursue my dreams. The skills I gained in Ada have led to success in graduate school and will guide my journey as a physical therapist.”

Paige Torbet is pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy at Ohio State University, specializing in pediatrics and research. She credits ONU for giving her a solid foundation in anatomy, physiology, strength training and clinical experience. She also had incredible opportunities at ONU that led to personal, professional and spiritual growth. She engaged in research alongside a professor in the developmental psychopathology lab; wrote interprofessional publications with pharmacy students; embarked on four spring break trips to build homes for Habitat for Humanity; became involved in the Newman Club, Chapel, Kairos and Kappa Phi; and traveled with ONU’s president and his wife to visit with alumni across the country.

OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • More than 90% of students who applied were accepted to PT/OT graduate schools
  • Students have gone on to pursue the following graduate programs; Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Masters in Athletic Training, Masters in Nursing, Masters in Exercise Physiology, Masters in Kinesiology and Masters in Cardiac Rehabilitation.
  • Graduate schools that our students have been accepted to include Ohio State University, Ohio University, Case Western Reserve, University of Findlay, University of Dayton, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, Davenport University (MI), Gannon University (PA), Catham University (PA), and Washington University (St. Louis).

COURSES

Courses you’ll take as a pre-professional allied health student include:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Gross Human Anatomy
  • Chemistry and Biology
  • Psychology and Physics
  • Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Medical Terminology