Majors & Programs of Study

Pre-Physical Therapy

Though SUU does not host a pre-physical therapy major, we offer the support and guidance to ensure students interested in physical therapy career are well positioned for acceptance into physical therapy school. SUU students majoring in biology, chemistry and human nutrition have gained admission to top physical therapy schools by completing the required pre-physical therapy pre-requisites while pursuing their undergraduate degree. College of Science academic advisors and prephysical therapy faculty advisors work closely with our pre-physical therapy students to chart the ideal academic program for their success.


  • Students graduating with a biology or chemistry degree seeking admission to physical therapy programs have had a remarkably high placement rate.
  • To assist our students in gaining admission, we work closely with the Rural Health Scholars program, sponsored on our campus by the Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
  • Our biology and chemistry programs prepare students in pre-physical therapy knowledge areas, our faculty offer admission specific advising, and the Rural Health Scholars program provides resume-building activities that insure that our graduates are competitive in the physical therapy admissions process.
  • In addition to the pre-physical therapy advisors listed above, students should visit the Biology and Chemistry websites.


Professional careers in physical therapy practice.


Pre-physical therapy advising is done both by the College of Science academic advisors and faculty members (see below) who serve as pre-physical therapy advisors.
Additional advising is available through Rural Health Scholars-contact Ms. Rita Osborn (435) 865-8520


Rural Health Scholars provides opportunities for job shadowing, service learning, and leadership training.


Alumni Spotlight

Name: Candace Kistner

Graduated: Class of 2009

Current job: Attending California State University
Long Beach for Physical Therapy

"I decided to attend SUU because I was looking for a small university where there would be smaller class sizes and an environment that really promoted learning. I felt that the classes at SUU did a great job at preparing me for admission into a graduate school and for the graduate classes I am currently taking. The professors were always willing to take the time to get to know you, help you out if you needed it, and were very knowledgeable in the subjects they were teaching."

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