PT Helping Patient

About the Physical Therapy Pre-Professional Program

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Physical therapists, also known at PTs, provide services that help improve mobility, restore function, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients with injuries or disease. PTs work closely with patients to restore, maintain, and promote their overall fitness and wellness for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Different types of physical therapy include orthopedic, acute care, cardiovascular and pulmonary rehab, post-operative care and more. Majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will prepare you for higher education in the field.


Responsibilities of a physical therapist:

  • Diagnose patients’ dysfunctional movements by watching them stand or walk, and by listening to their concerns
  • Set up a plan for their patients, outlining the patient’s goals and the planned treatments
  • Use exercises, stretching maneuvers, hands-on therapy, and equipment to ease patients’ pain and to help them increase their ability to move
  • Evaluate a patient’s progress, modifying a treatment plan and trying new treatments as needed
  • Educate patients and their families about what to expect during recovery from injury and illness and how best to cope with what happens

Conditions treated by a physical therapist:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Fractures, dislocations
  • Sports injuries
  • Balance
  • Incontinence
  • Burns
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Strokes
  • Osteoporosis

Average Salary: $86,850 per year

28% Projected Employment Growth

from 2016 to 2026 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Data based on cumulative placement data for the last 3 years

42% Accepted


Janae (Nienhueser) Greer

“I had an older brother who was already attending UNK, so I was able to explore Kearney and UNK’s campus and immediately felt the connection. UNK was able to provide me the opportunities and personal relationships to build an acceptable resume for physical therapy school.”

Janae (Nienhueser) Greer

Crossroads Physical Therapy, Lincoln, NE Area

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