Exercise and Sports Science

Pre-Physical Therapy

EXSSMajor in Pre-Physical Therapy in Exercise Science, B.S. degree

The field of physical therapy is very attractive field to pursue in academics because of the current need for practicing PT’s in all areas of the country.  In the Fall of 2009, a major in Pre-Physical Therapy (Pre-PT) was created to combine the Exercise Science discipline with the required pre-requisite courses that are required for entry into Doctor of Physical Therapy school. The Exercise Science discipline at UMHB is at the forefront of the profession with outstanding faculty, facilities, and laboratories, and Pre-PT majors will benefit from these resources for high quality instruction.  

Desirable outcomes for the individual expected to result from this major are a greater understanding of human performance and health from a physiological, anatomical, kinesiological, and functional standpoint. This will prepare each student for graduate school in PT.  In addition, the EXSS department faculty strongly believes that the major courses in exercise science are the ideal fit for a potential PT student because it will integrate movement sciences, exercise testing and intervention, pathophysiology of disease, and the role of exercise in health, wellness, rehab, and performance. 

All Pre-PT majors will be carefully advised in their pursuit of bachelor’s degree, but it will be made clear to every Pre-PT major how important it is to have excellent grades in order to get into PT school.  Admission to PT school is very competitive not only in Texas but all over the country.  Students will be encouraged to aim for an overall GPA of 3.5-4.0 in their undergraduate studies in order to increase their chances of admittance.  In addition, students will be advised to gain volunteer observation hours under a practicing PT in order to learn more about the day-to-day routine of a PT. 


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Pre-Physical Therapy Major Overview

Students can declare as a Pre-Physical Therapy major at any time if they have completed less than 60 hours of course work. Following the completion of 60 hours, a Pre-Physical Therapy major is required to maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. A student who has a GPA lower than the minimum requirements will be required to change their major from Pre-Physical Therapy. Once 60 hours is complete towards a Pre-Physical Therapy degree, students must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA. If the student drops below a 3.0 following 60 hours of completion then the student must raise their GPA above 3.0 within one semester of dropping below that minimum requirement.

A major in Pre-Physical Therapy is 74 semester hours consisting of EXSS 2340; 2355; 3354; 3357; 3390; 3395; 3396; 4392; 4394 and 4103. All EXSS majors are required to take EXSS 2135 and 3107, which will satisfy the Core Activity PE requirement at UMHB.  Required support courses for this major include BIOL 1450; 2440, 2441; as well as one other upper-level BIOL course with a lab; CHEM 1410; 1420; PHYS 2411; 2412; MATH 1306; 3303; PSYC 1301 and 2311 or 3315. Grades of "C" or better required in all courses in the Pre-Physical Therapy major.


Where are they now?

Below is a list of previous UMHB Pre-Physical Therapy majors that are currently pursuing their Doctorate of Physical Therapy degrees:

UMHB 2013-2014 Class:

  • Janelle Daman (Accepted into the DPT program at UT-Southwestern Medical Center)
  • Stephanie Harris (Accepted into the DPT program at UT-Southwestern Medical Center)
  • Emily Lane (Accepted into the DPT program at University of Texas Medical Branch)
  • Ashley Mitchell (Accepted into the DPT program at University of Texas Medical Branch)
  • Others coming soon!

 UMHB 2012-2013 Graduates:

  • Morgan Baker (Pursuing DPT at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center)
  • Mark Jones (Pursuing DPT at University of Texas Medical Branch)
  • Zachary Mustafa (Pursuing DPT at Texas State University)
  • Macy NeSmith (Pursuing DPT at University of North Texas Health Science Center)
  • Kathryn Ralph (Pursuing DPT at Hardin Simmons University)
  • Ashley Schlieper (Pursuing DPT at Texas State University)

 UMHB 2011-2012 Graduates:

  • Traci Bekklund (Pursuing Masters of Prosthetics/Orthotics at UT-Southwestern Medical center)
  • Khim Owens (Pursuing DPT at St. Augustine University)
  • Kyle Radtke (Pursuing DPT at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio)

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