“Our lab-based courses allow students to interact with one another and learn in a ‘hands-on’ manner to reinforce ideas presented in lecture.”
It’s all about caring. Our Pre-Physical Therapy program prepares you to alleviate physical and functional impairments and limitations caused by injury or disease. You’ll accomplish this through the design and implementation of therapeutic interventions to promote fitness and health. You’ll receive integrated clinical experience early – you’ll get hands-on experience at the start of your second semester through Clarke’s pro bono clinic. Our physical therapy program is an entry-level doctoral program that requires an undergraduate degree in another area. Many students choose to major in athletic training, psychology, biology, or chemistry.
This degree is the beginning of your doctoral journey. You’ll study functional anatomy and physiology, movement dynamics, physical growth process, management of musculoskeletal disorders, and clinical evaluation and measurement. You’ll also learn about client assessment and supervision, care plan development and documentation, physical therapy modalities, rehabilitation psychology, physical therapy administration, and professional standards and ethics. You’ll develop an understanding and appreciation of the structural, functional, psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of humans. Clarke also has a 10-table, medical school-quality cadaver lab that gives students an opportunity to learn with the best resources.
Each member of our PT faculty is a board-certified therapist and faculty members maintain clinical practice. Our graduated PT students boast a 100% job placement rate and 98% board pass rate for licensure. In addition, we offer an accelerated 3+3 program in which qualifying students can finish both their undergraduate and doctor of physical therapy degrees in six years.
Common undergraduate majors that lead to the Doctor of Physical Therapy:
- Doctor of Physical Therapy – General
- Doctor of Physical Therapy – Psychology Major
- Doctor of Physical Therapy – HWBS Major
- Doctor of Physical Therapy – Biology (BA) Major
- Doctor of Physical Therapy – Biology (BS) Major
- Doctor of Physical Therapy – Chemistry Major
Note: All students who indicate pre-PT on their applications are reviewed for Clarke’s Early Assurance Program. Students are selected during the undergraduate application process. These limited number of spots are competitively selected on a rolling basis.
Admission to Clarke University
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.
Program in Pictures
“Baseball values a five-tool player. I encourage students to become an all-around therapist in the same way including memorization of science facts, critical thinking, developing clinical skills, communicating, and having a compassionate heart.”
“I encourage individuals to critically think in order to be able to make informed, knowledgeable, free, and independent choices to solve problems and ethical dilemmas.”
“I hope to foster a student’s desire to know; to help cultivate their intellectual curiosity. A continued desire to learn will impact our students and their future patients well after they have graduated.”
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
“The program is very hands-on and the professors are amazing. My favorite part is learning about anatomy and biomechanics of the human body.”
“The coursework during my undergrad in biology and the challenge of earning my DPT tremendously prepared me for my career.”
“The PT program taught me how to be a critical thinker and problem solver – skills that I have come to realize are vital in a clinical setting.”
Percent job placement rate Clarke physical therapy graduates have.
The 2017 median pay for physical therapists, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Percent that employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 36 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for other occupations.