concentration in

Pre-Physical Therapy


At McNeese, kinesiology majors in pre-professional program concentrations, such as pre-physical therapy, boast a 90% acceptance rate into professional schools.

Program Highlights

Pre-Physical Therapy Program Highlights

McNeese’s Bachelor of Science degree program in kinesiology, 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 H.C. Drew School of Kinesiology. 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: Kinesiology

Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)

Availability: in person

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 H.C. Drew School of Kinesiology 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 the new Legacy Center, which features 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 kinesiology program, you’ll explore a variety of methods during lab assessments.

Highly Trained Faculty:

Pre-physical therapy majors benefit from the diverse expertise of kinesiology 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.

Take the Next Step!

Careers and Opportunities

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

The pre-physical therapy program in kinesiology prepares you for the 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

State of the Art

Legacy Center

A new, $40 million, 145,000-square-foot facility
houses athletics and academics on campus, including volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball and the H.C. Drew School of Kinesiology programs. The Legacy Center also allows McNeese to offer lab settings, internship opportunities and address new requirements for professional schools and careers.

Get Involved

Student Activities

Join one or more of the student clubs and organizations on campus related to this major, including:

  • 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.
Continuing Education

Professional Certifications

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

We can help

Program Contact

Dr. Courtney Hebert, Co-Department Head
Mr. Kevin Hargrave, Co-Department Head