Physical therapists provide treatment to ease pain and help patients function, move, and live better.

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. With an aging population, the demand for physical therapists is expected to rise rapidly in the next decade. 

If you’re interested in becoming a physical therapist, you should consider the pre-physical therapy track at UNI.

It is important to keep in mind that the pre-physical therapy track is not an academic major; rather, it’s a suggested program of study that prepares students to apply to professional school upon completing their undergraduate degree.

Pre-physical therapy students may choose a major in any area.  Our BA Biology: Biomedical major is an excellent choice – designed to keep pre-health students on track to meet the most common requirements for a variety of graduate level health programs.  Likewise, our BA Biology major allows pre-physical therapy students to meet the most common requirements for physical therapy programs as part of the degree requirements – creating an efficient pathway to prepare for a physical therapy program.

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Growing Field

Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 21% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

NAAHP member

UNI Biology is a member of the NAAHP (National Association of Advisors for Health Professions), allowing access to resources that benefit students studying in a healthcare field

Pre-Physical Therapy Club

Our department’s Pre-Physical Therapy Club connects students with physical therapy school representatives and professionals in the field, while helping prepare them for physical therapy school admission exams.


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Department of Biology
University of Northern Iowa
144 McCollum Science Hall
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0421

Phone: (319) 273-2010

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Why study pre-physical therapy at UNI?


Throughout my time at UNI, the hands-on learning provided by UNI's biology department prepared me well for my future career in physical therapy. The relationships I developed with my biology professors were impactful and made me want to learn more. I can't say enough about the professors and how much they clearly cared about me!

Hunter Orthmann, UNI Biology graduate

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