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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. The Pre-Physical Therapy program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will prepare you for higher education in the field.

The educational requirements for admission to a physical therapy program vary from school to school. Many programs require a bachelor’s degree; some will accept applicants after 90 credit hours of undergraduate education. However, since the majority of students entering physical therapy school have a baccalaureate degree, students pursuing pre-physical therapy are expected to choose a major so that they can be working towards a bachelor's degree concurrently with the Pre-Physical Therapy program.



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

Median Pay: $97,720 per year

15% Projected Employment Growth

from 2022 to 2032 according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

80.65% Placement Rate in Clinical Programs and Graduate Schools

Statistic based on cumulative placement data for the last 3 years

Adam Liess
"I graduated from UNK in 2013 with my Bachelor’s degree in athletic training. After attending UNMC for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, I am now practicing as a physical therapist for Kearney Physical Therapy. Along with athletic training, my minor/emphasis was pre physical therapy. The pre physical therapy program helped my greatly by giving me the required pre requisites for all of the physical therapy schools in the area, as well as mentorship from the advisors. I was also able to network and meet other pre PT students in the process, which helped me form bonds that last to today, helping me become a better professional."

Adam Liess

Kearney Physical Therapy, Kearney, Neb.

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