Restoration matters.

A concentration in physical therapy allows you to bridge knowledge of human anatomy and the physiological changes that occur while exercising to introductory knowledge of techniques and practices utilized to address injuries and restore range of motion.

Beyond fulfilling the requirements for a major in exercise science, you'll complete six courses, meeting the course prerequisites summary of the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service published by the American Physical Therapy Association.

  • Overview

  • Career Skills

    Upon completion of graduate course work, you'll have opportunities to develop and serve as a practitioner of the following skills:

    • Conduct patient assessments and evaluations.
    • Contribute to research in the field.
    • Coordinate individualized conditioning schedules.
    • Implement programs to treat diseases and injuries.
    • Utilize goal formation techniques for rehabilitation.

    Program Classes

    From personable faculty to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.

    See our sample degree plan for the list of classes you'll take as an exercise science major with a pre-physical therapy concentration.

  • Global Internships

    All traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. This experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical career skills.

    With guidance from the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students land internships at trusted businesses and nonprofits around the world.

    • The Center for Physical Rehabilitation
    • Comprehensive Physical Therapy Center
    • Northern Physical Therapy & Fitness
    • SIMIO Physical Therapy
    • Spectrum Health

    STEM Student Outcomes

    85%

    of traditional undergraduate STEM students from the class of 2018 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

    Importantly, our recent graduates also shared that they love their work. Of respondents, 92 percent reported a genuine interest in what they are doing.

  • Job Outcomes

    Cornerstone alumni are tireless in their passion to influence our world for Christ as servant leaders. You can find CU graduates building lives that matter at workplaces based in West Michigan and beyond.

    • Athletico Physical Therapy
    • The Center for Physical Rehabilitation
    • Excel Physical Therapy
    • HomeCare of Holland Home
    • Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy
    • Spectrum Health

    Where Our Alumni Attend Graduate School

    Our Kinesiology, Science, Engineering & Mathematics Division students receive admission to respected graduate schools.

    • Andrews University
    • Central Michigan University
    • Grand Valley State University
    • University of Maryland
    • University of Michigan
    • Wayne State University

Career Guide for STEM Majors

Graduates of STEM programs are changing the world. To learn more about why you should consider a pre-physical therapy emphasis and what you can do with a STEM degree, get our STEM-specific career guide.

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