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About the Concentration in Pre-Professional Physical Therapy

Students who pursue the pre-professional physical therapy concentration plan to earn an advanced degree in a physical therapy graduate program of their choice. The concentration satisfies most application requirements for graduate study in physical therapy. Some graduate programs also require pre-calculus and six credits of psychology as prerequisites.

Set Yourself Apart

At NVU, you’ll prepare for a national certification examination for the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) credential. If you’re accepted into a graduate program, you will pursue a clinical doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) over about three additional years of study and will be eligible for licensure as a physical therapist.

*Doctor of Physical Therapy/Master of Occupational Therapy Articulation Agreement:

The Department of Exercise Science has an agreement with Methodist University of North Carolina. The top two graduating students at NVU, as voted by department faculty, in both pre-professional physical therapy and the individualized program of study (pre-professional occupational therapy) will be granted admission to the respective graduate programs at Methodist University, pending meeting all admissions criteria and a successful on-campus interview.

Pre-Professional Physical Therapy Internship Sites

  • Alpine Clinic
  • Central Vermont Regional Hospital
  • Cioffredi and Associates
  • Dan Wyand Physical Therapy and Associates
  • Littleton Regional Health Care
  • Northern Physical Therapy
  • University of Vermont Medical Center


At a Glance

Program Options:
Students will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in exercise science with a concentration in pre-professional physical therapy.
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