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Physical Therapy

  • UMM Students
  • UMM Students
  • UMM Students
  • UMM Students

There’s more to physical therapy than repairing bodies. Therapists are also educators, trainers, and motivators. A successful physical therapist must be able to:

  • Educate the patient about the body and the anatomy of a specific problem
  • Train the patient to accurately and effectively perform therapeutic exercises
  • Encourage the patient’s compliance and cooperation with a full treatment program

Potential therapists must also be proficient in a number of academic Pre-Physical Therapys. Fortunately, a liberal arts education allows students to master the wide range of skills and subjects required for a successful career in physical therapy.

Morris Advantages

Admission to physical therapy school is extremely competitive. The University of Minnesota, Morris offers students the following advantages as they prepare for a career in this rewarding but demanding field.

  • Outstanding teaching: The Morris campus boasts the highest percentage of winners of the Horace T. Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education at the University of Minnesota. Many of these instructors teach subjects required for admission to physical therapy programs.
  • An undergraduate research program: Completing undergraduate research gives Pre-Physical Therapy students a competitive edge.
  • Assistance with undergraduate research: Morris offers both stipend programs and an annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at which to present findings.
  • Shadowing and employment in medical professions: Admissions boards want to know whether or not an applicant really understands what it means to work in a medical field. Thanks to strong relationships between the University of Minnesota, Morris and local medical providers, Pre-Physical Therapy students may shadow medical professionals at the Stevens Community Medical Center. Many local physical therapy patients receive care right on campus at the Regional Fitness Center.
  • An on-campus Office of Community Engagement for service learning opportunities: Taking advantage of these opportunities demonstrates the commitment to service sought by professional school admissions boards.
  • A nationally recognized study abroad program: Studying abroad helps prepare students for international health service trips common in medical professions.

Opportunities in Physical Therapy

Physical therapists need a well-rounded education that prepares them to choose from a wide range of professional settings and clientele, including:

  • Clinics treating sports and orthopedic injuries
  • Facilities specializing in workplace injuries
  • Hospitals assisting patients with recuperation from surgeries, illnesses, strokes or other neurological events that limit function
  • Schools working with children who have neurological or orthopedic disabilities
  • Rehabilitation facilities helping people return home after illness or injury
  • Nursing homes providing intensive therapy to residents who need improved function to achieve a higher quality of life