Students interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy typically major in Exercise or Health Science or Biological Sciences at Montana Tech. Physical therapy degree programs are at the doctoral level and require a B.S. degree to be eligible for admission.

Why Study Pre-Physical Therapy at Montana Tech?

Montana Tech has a long and distinguished history of placing students in professional health programs at universities like Harvard, Creighton, the University of Washington, and Colorado State University. Our rigorous academics, modern facilities, one-on-one mentoring and affordability prepare students for success at a fraction of the cost of other universities.

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Students should consult with schools of physical therapy to verify admission requirements at the time they plan to enter. Pre-physical therapy majors receive personalized attention from world-class Montana Tech faculty in a close-knit and supportive environment.

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Take a break from meeting your pre-professional health requirements by enjoying beautiful Montana. Close to campus are opportunities for skiing at resorts and in the backcountry, hiking Continental Divide Trail and other trails, fishing in pristine mountain streams, or experiencing southwest Montana’s hot springs.

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90% acceptance rate

For Montana Tech students who apply to medical, dental, pharmacy, or other professional schools

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You’ll earn college credit and gain hands-on experience. 

Stand Out, Get Involved

Many pre-professional health majors are active in the Biology Club, Chemistry Club, and Pre-Professional Health Club.

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Is Pre-Physical Therapy a Major?

The Montana Tech pre-physical therapy program is not a major but rather a focused set of courses that enable you to complete prerequisites for physical therapy program requirements. While professional health programs accept students from other majors, most students in the Montana Tech’s pre-physical therapy earn a degree in Exercise or Health Science or Biological Sciences.\

What Kinds of Jobs do Physical Therapy Students Get?

Physical therapists are health professionals who specialize in movement. They develop treatment plans to improve patient’s ability to move, reduce and manage pain, prevent disability and restore function when possible.

$95,620 median annual salary

For physical therapists in 2021 

17% projected job growth

For physical therapists 2021-2031, much higher than most career fields


Median acceptance rate of physical therapy schools in 2020-2021

The EHS degree at Montana Tech, with the small class sizes, well equipped facilities, experienced professors and rigorous curriculum gave me the preparation I needed to succeed in physical therapy school !

AIDAN AMTMANN, B.S. Exercise and Health Science '18 Doctor of Physical Therapy

The overall quality of education at Montana Tech, in my opinion, is hands above that of larger public institutions. The EHS curriculum, along with the elective courses, are thorough and lay what I would consider a firm foundation for further and more focused studies in graduate programs. I loved my time at Tech. It is a passion of mine to study exercise and its effects, and now I focus on exercise for individuals with chronic disability, which is a whole different level of thinking in many ways!

JOE WEGLEY, B.S. Exercise and Health Science '01 Doctor of Physical Therapy, Author "Made to Move"

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Students should consult with schools of physical therapy to verify admission requirements at the time they plan to enter. You’ll work closely with an advisor to tailor your study to fit needed pre-requisites.

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