Mercer University undergraduate students who plan to pursue a career in physical therapy are considered to be on the “pre-physical therapy” or “pre-PT”, track. Pre-physical therapy is not an academic major; every pre-physical therapy student must declare and work towards an academic major and minor>> as they work to fulfill the admission requirements for their preferred physical therapy graduate programs.
Pre-physical therapy students may choose one of three paths as they prepare themselves for graduate school:
- Students may earn a bachelor’s degree as they fulfill the prerequisites for the PT program of their choice;
- Students may participate in one of the Accelerated Special Consideration Programs (ASCP) described in detail on the Special Consideration Programs web page>>; or
- Students may fulfill only the minimum requirements for the PT school of their choice before matriculation into that graduate program.
Students should note that the prerequisite for all introductory science courses (chemistry, biology, and physics) is "calculus-readiness" (competency in mathematics at or above the pre-calculus level). Students planning on following a pre-health professions track are therefore advised to take mathematics in high school at least through the pre-calculus level.
Pre-Physical Therapy Track Advising Resources
Current Mercer Students
Students enrolled at Mercer who are following one of the pre-health professions tracks should enroll in the "MercerPreHealth" advising course on Canvas>>.
Information about all of the pre-professional tracks at Mercer-Macon can be found on the web pages of the Office of Academic & Advising Services>>.