At Roanoke College, we offer rigorous preparation in the sciences, along with a strong liberal arts background and access to clinical experiences and research opportunities. That gives our students an edge in gaining admission to top-quality graduate programs across the country.
As a student in Pre-Physical Therapy, you'll participate in the Health Professions Advising Group (HPAG), which is specially designed for students interested in careers in a variety of health fields.
Learn By Doing
You'll be encouraged to complete internships with physical therapy professionals. The Roanoke Valley is a medical hub for Southwestern Virginia, and its rapidly growing medical community — including a new medical school and two major hospital systems — creates tremendous learning opportunities for you. You'll also have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of high-level research projects at Roanoke.
Faculty advisors will work with you every step of the way beginning in your freshmen year. They not only help you select appropriate coursework and extracurricular activities, but also work with you to prepare for admissions testing, draft personal statements and develop strategies for professional school interviews.
Roanoke students in Pre-Physical Therapy can major in any academic discipline, but most graduate schools require completion of one year each of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physics and psychology as well as one semester each of biology, applied anatomy and statistics. Graduate schools also require student applicants have experience shadowing a physical therapist in at least three different settings, 100-plus hours of volunteer time in a physical therapy setting and CPR certification.
We offer a pre-professional program in Pre-Physical Therapy.