Pre-Professional Physical Therapy

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Prepare for a rewarding career helping others heal in the Pre-Professional Physical Therapy Concentration within our B.S. in Exercise Science program. You’ll gain fundamental knowledge in the natural sciences and exercise science, including rehabilitation strategies for injuries, therapeutic modalities, and pathophysiology and clinical exercise prescription, through laboratory, experiential, and professional internship practices.

We’ll help you build a foundation of skills and knowledge that will enable you to enroll in graduate programs in a number of health science fields, including clinical doctoral programs in physical therapy (DPT) and become eligible for licensure as a Physical Therapist.

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Justin Carlstrom, Ph.D.

Exercise Science Program Coordinator

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Why Study Pre-Professional Physical Therapy at Vermont State

  • In-Demand Certification: Upon graduation, you will be well-prepared to take the exam for the American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP) certification. 
  • Strong Internship Program: This concentration connects you with several internship opportunities at hospitals, clinics, and private practices throughout Vermont and the region. 
  • Unique Hands-On Experiences: Learn by doing and graduate with up to two years of professional work experience in the field by taking advantage of our unique undergraduate opportunities. 
  • Small School Feel and Support: With laboratory sessions of 12 students, you’ll work closely with faculty throughout your education. 


This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (2009-present) in coordination with the American College of Sports Medicine. 

The program is also recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Education Recognition Program (2005-present).  

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Sample Courses

  • Physiology of Exercise 
  • Foundations of Therapeutic Interventions 
  • Exercise Testing and Prescription 
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Practical Applications in Exercise Science 
  • Internship in Exercise Science 

Student Stories

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“The curriculum was very challenging and rigorous. It set me up really well for graduate school, especially from a science standpoint.”   

Mike Paul 

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