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Pre-Professional Health Sciences Advising

Pre-Physical Therapy Advising

Physical therapy (PT) is an integral component of health care.  As a health profession, physical therapy focuses on the neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems of the human body as these systems relate to human motion and function.  Physical therapists use mechanical force and movements to remediate impairments and promote mobility, function, and quality of life.  Students interested in physical therapy must have a profound interest in rehabilitating individuals with debilitating injuries or diseases.  Physical therapy services are used alongside, or in concert with, other medical treatment or services.  Often, the physical therapy profession can include research, education, and consultation in addition to clinical practice.  A professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree following a 4-year undergraduate degree is required for professional licensure.  Learn more: Pre-Physical Therapy Advising 

Pre-Occupational Therapy Advising

Occupational therapy (OT) is a health and rehabilitation profession that helps people regain, develop, and build skills that are important for independent functioning, health, well-being, security, and happiness.  Despite the name, occupational therapy does not deal with job training or vocational assistance.  Rather, occupational therapists work with people of all ages who, because of illness, injury, or developmental or psychological impairment, need specialized assistance in learning skills to enable them to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives.  A professional Master of Science (MS) or Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree following a 4-year undergraduate degree is required for professional licensure.  Learn more: Pre-Occupational Therapy Advising

Pre-Physician Assistant Advising

A Physician Assistant (PA) is a health care professional who provides patient services ranging from
taking medical histories and performing physical examinations to performing minor surgical procedures.  Physician assistants work under the supervision of a physician, who can be on- or off-site.  PAs receive two years of postgraduate training and pass a national certifying exam.  They are licensed by the state in which they are employed.  Many health care analysts believe that physician assistants, who typically deliver quality routine health care less expensively than doctors, could be an important part of the American health care system, as they are in Canada and some European countries.  Learn more: Pre-Physician Assistant Advising

Pre-Chiropractic Advising

A chiropractor is a practitioner of alternative medicine regarding diagnosis and treatment of  mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine.  Chiropractic services are used to treat complaints including back pain, neck pain, pain in arm & leg joints, and headaches.  Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) use a hands-on, drug-free approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment.  In the United States, chiropractors earn the professional DC degree following completion of 1-4 years of basic science courses and 4 years in a full-time doctorate program.  Learn more: Pre-Chiropractic Advising