Pre-professional studies at the College of Mount St. Joseph are courses of study prepared by expert faculty members that supplement your existing major and better prepare you for a career as a health professional.
Pre-professional studies offer dedicated guidance from faculty members in the Behavioral and Natural Sciences Division and Health Sciences Division to help tailor your course work so that you are better prepared to pursue an advanced degree.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that from 2008 to 2018, 26 percent of all new jobs created in the U.S. economy will be in the health care and social assistance industry. This industry is expected to grow by 24 percent, creating four million new jobs.
Physical therapists are health care professionals who assist individuals of all ages in maximizing their functional abilities. Physical therapists care directly for patients with musculoskeletal or neuromuscular conditions in order to restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. They develop and execute treatment plans for their patients utilizing therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, modalities and education to assist individuals in achieving desired functional outcomes.
The Mount’s pre-physical therapy area of study prepares you well for a two-year Master’s degree in physical therapy or a three-year doctor of physical therapy program. The Mount recommends students interested in pre-physical therapist studies choose a major in biology.
Health Professions Advisory Committee
Students work with their academics advisors as well as faculty members on the Health Professions Advisory Committee to design a course of study that is best suited for their specific career goals.