Health Sciences, Pre-Professional

Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration

This program is specifically designed for students interested in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system. The pre-physical therapy concentration includes prerequisites for physical therapy school; however, this program also goes beyond the minimum requirements to ensure that students are prepared for the rigors of a professional program.  Examples of courses within the curriculum include general biology, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, calculus, physics, psychology, sociology, and statistics.

A visit to campus is the best way to get to know Purdue and the School of Health Sciences. Contact the HHS Office of Student Services by phone: (765) 494-8533, email: or schedule your visit online at least one week prior to your visit to arrange a time to meet with an academic advisor and learn more about Health Sciences.

Potential Areas of Advanced Study

  • Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in a health-related field
  • Joint Programs (PT/PhD)
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Business Administration (3+2 program)

Additional Career and Post-Bachelor’s Options

  • Research Assistant
  • Pharmaceutical Research Assistant
  • Center for Disease Control
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Government Employment

Beyond the Classroom

HHS and Krannert School of Management 3 + 2 Program

The "3+2" program is available to outstanding undergraduates in Health Sciences Pre-Professional. The program allows students to complete their B.S. and M.B.A. in five years. Students receive their B.S. degree in May of their fourth year and their M.B.A. in May of their fifth year. To be considered for this program, the student’s grade point average must be a 3.7/4.0 at the beginning of their junior year. If eligible, the student completes the application process for graduate school during the junior year.


How do I switch my major?

If you are interested in switching your major to Pre-Physical Therapy Health Sciences Concentration, please visit the Change of Degree Objective (CODO) page to learn more about the process to enter the College of Health & Human Sciences.

How do I transfer to Purdue?

If you are interested in transferring to Pre-Physical Therapy Health Sciences Concentration from another college or university, please visit the Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University.

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