Help people stay healthy and active.

Physical therapists play an important role in healthcare, helping to restore mobility to their patients, and teaching people how to manage their physical issues to maintain long-term health benefits. As a physical therapist, you will use exercises and movement training and equipment like crutches, wheelchairs and walkers to improve mobility in your patients. 

Pre-physical therapy at UNI is a program track. It is not an academic major; rather, it’s a suggested program of study that will prepare you for admission to professional school after completing your undergraduate degree.

physical therapy students in training lab at the university of northern iowa

High
Demand

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for physical therapists is projected to grow 21% from 2020 to 2030. This is a faster rate than the average for all occupations.

NAAHP
Member

UNI is a member of the NAAHP (National Association of Advisors for Health Professions), which will give you access to resources that benefit students studying in a healthcare field.

Pre-Physical
Therapy Club

UNI’s Pre-Physical Therapy Club will connect you with physical therapy school representatives and professionals in the field. They will also help you prepare for physical therapy school admission exams.

Common Pre-Physical Therapy Majors

Biology Major

Our BA Biology: Biomedical major is designed to keep pre-health students on track to meet the most common requirements for a variety of graduate-level health programs.

Movement & Exercise Science Major

About 90% of our pre-PT movement and exercise science students are accepted for graduate studies in physical therapy. Movement and exercise science is the No. 1 major for pre-physical therapy students in the U.S. and at UNI.

Athletic Training & Rehabilitation Studies Major

As a pre-health major in athletic training and rehabilitation studies, you gain a solid foundation in classroom knowledge and clinical understanding that paves the way for advanced studies in multiple health professions.