Pre-Physical Therapy

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Pre-Physical Therapy

Help restore invaluable mobility to patients.

Science of how the body works

Beyond core courses, students are encouraged to study classes unique to their professional interest, including immunology, psychology, exercise physiology, and biomechanics or sociology. What's the science behind runner's high? Why do people experience different levels of pain from the same injury? Answering questions like these builds the foundation of an education at Mount Mercy.

Internships and Experience

A solid foundation matters. 

Students interested in pre-physical therapy typically choose to major in biology and minor in psychology or sports, health, and exercise psychology, discovering how factors such as training, diet, genetics, age, and health history influence the body. 

Our faculty take pride in supporting students in their academic growth, helping prepare application materials and coaching students in studying for professional placement exams. Students in the pre-PT track gain experience through community collaboration and club activities, often shadowing physical therapists, interning or working as a tech at Cedar Rapids’ award-winning hospitals and clinics.

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Careers in Pre-Physical Therapy

Bring your career path into focus.

100% of MMU students who applied were accepted to their physical therapy school of choice, due to the university’s one-on-one advising, solid academic curriculum and proximity to two award-winning hospitals.

Prestigious schools include:

  • University of Iowa
  • Des Moines University
  • Mayo School of Health Sciences
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Minnesota

Build a foundation for success.

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