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Pre-Physical Therapy

Available as a pre-professional program

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.

Student Experiences

Photo of Rachel AndrewsRachel Andrews '14, a Physics and Biochemistry double major, originally planned to go into engineering, but after job-shadowing a physical therapist, she decided her real passion was physical therapy. Andrews applied to a number of graduate programs in physical therapy.

Her advice? "Try to do a little research. If it involves research in physics or chemistry, some type of research is good to have. Schools like seeing students participating in research," she said. Now, Andrews is a doctoral candidate in Physical Therapy at Radford University.

Learn By Doing

Student in front of a door reading "Sports medicine and rehab services"

We've established relationships with internship and placement sponsors in a wide range of medical specialties and at organizations such as:

  • Advanced Physical Therapy of Virginia

  • Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital

  • LewisGale Regional Health System, Occupational and Outpatient Physical Therapy

  • Medical University of South Carolina Physical Therapy Center

  • Physicians to Children

  • Thompson's Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center

Physical therapists rank among the top 10 on the following lists: on fastest-growing jobs, US News 100 "Best Jobs" and Forbes "Happiest Jobs."


view of cregger center

The Cregger Center is the world-class facility where our program is headquartered. Take a look around in this virtual reality video tour. On desktop, click and drag your mouse to explore a 360-degree view of the facility. On mobile or tablet, hold your device out in front of you and turn your body to look in all directions.

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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.