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Program Highlights

Pre-Physical Therapy Program Highlights

McNeese’s Bachelor of Science degree program in health and human performance, with a concentration in pre-physical therapy, is designed to fulfill prerequisite and recommended course work from some of the best physical therapy schools in the U.S. By majoring in pre-physical therapy at McNeese, you will receive hands-on training and work with top-of-the-line equipment to prepare for your career as a physical therapist.

A foundational degree in health care

The pre-physical therapy program is one of several concentrations in the Department of Health and Human Performance. With a focus on the function and performance of the human body, the bachelor’s degree program prepares you to help patients regain their physical strength and relearn basic bodily movements. Explore a range of topics, including exercise physiology, therapeutic rehabilitation and lower and upper extremity evaluation.

At a Glance

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Degree Program: Health and Human Performance

Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)

Availability: In person, Hybrid

Program overview

Explore More for Pre-Physical Therapy Majors

Here are just a few of the many benefits you’ll gain from the pre-physical therapy program at McNeese.

Financial aid and scholarships:

McNeese has one of the most affordable tuition rates in Louisiana. Plus, the Department of Health and Human Performance offers a variety of program scholarships to help pre-physical therapy majors pay for college. Learn more from the Office of Financial Aid.

State-of-the-art facilities:

Housed in a new facility featuring an exercise physiology lab, sports training center, rehab center and athletic training lab, this undergraduate program allows you to learn and practice with advanced technology that is used in the professional world. As a pre-physical therapy major in the health and human performance program, you’ll explore a variety of methods during lab assessments.

Highly trained faculty:

Pre-physical therapy majors benefit from the diverse expertise of health and human performance program faculty. They include certified clinical exercise physiologists, certified teachers, certified athletic trainers, certified first aid instructors and team physicians.

Applied learning:

With a practical, hands-on approach to learning, the pre-physical therapy program offers lab experiences, and internship opportunities with local businesses.

Excellence with a personal touch:

Highlighted by its new facility dedicated to classes, labs and student advising, the pre-physical therapy program is student oriented. Academic advisors and professors work with you to help you achieve your academic and career goals.

Careers and Opportunities

What Can You Do With a Pre-Physical Therapy Degree?

The pre-physical therapy program in health and human performance prepares you for the H&HP master’s degree program at McNeese or professional school. With a graduate degree, most physical therapists work for clinics, hospitals, home health care service providers or nursing and residential care facilities.

Graduate Schools or Programs

  • Master of Science in Exercise Physiology
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy
  • Master of Science in Exercise Science

Potential Job Titles or Employers

  • Partners in Physical Therapy
  • Ochsner Health System
  • The Therapy Center
  • Advance Rehabilitation
  • Delta Healthcare Providers
  • CHRISTUS Health
  • Nova Medical Center
  • Parkland Hospital
  • Coastal Physical Therapy

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State of the Art

H&HP Complex

A new, $40 million, 145,000-square-foot facility houses athletics and academics on campus, including volleyball, basketball and the health and human performance programs. The complex also allows McNeese to offer lab settings, internship opportunities and address new requirements for professional schools and careers.

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Get Involved

Student Activities

Join one or more of the student clubs and organizations on campus.

  • The Physical Medicine Society is the department’s largest sponsored club
  • Power Lifting Club participates in competitions throughout Southwest Louisiana
  • U.S Men’s, Women’s and Co-Recreational Club Volleyball and Soccer teams travel across Louisiana to play other college club teams.
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Continuing Education

Professional Certifications

A bachelor’s degree in health and human performance, with a concentration in pre-physical therapy, prepares you for professional school and courses are designed to equip you with the knowledge you need to complete certification exams in your profession.

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Programs Related to the Bachelor’s in Pre-Physical Therapy

Not sure if the pre-physical therapy program is right for you? Check out these other undergraduate degree programs at McNeese, and talk about your options with a recruiter.

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Program Contact

Michael Soileau - Department Head
337-475-5374
msoileau@mcneese.edu