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Physical Therapy

For more than 750,000 people every day in the United States, physical therapists:

  • Diagnose and manage movement dysfunction and enhance physical and functional abilities.
  • Restore, maintain, and promote not only optimal physical function but optimal wellness and fitness and optimal quality of life as it relates to movement and health.
  • Prevent the onset, symptoms, and progression of impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities that may result from diseases, disorders, conditions, or injuries.

The course requirements for PT programs include a number of courses in biology, physics and psychology, so students often major in those areas. However, a student may choose any major field of study as long as the courses required are completed. PT schools also look for applicants who have excellent written and oral communication skills which students gain when they attend Monmouth College. The liberal arts preparation enhances communication skills, writing skills, leadership, and the ability to critically analyze information.

Facilities & Equipment

The Huff Athletic Center offers BIOPAC hardware/software that tests electromyography (EMG), reaction time, spinal cord reflexes, and pulmonary function. Multi-frequency bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), for body composition testing, is also available.

The Huff Athletic Center, which opened in the fall of 2003, is a comprehensive facility for sports, fitness and recreation. The $22 million complex is located at the heart of campus and is open daily to members of the campus community. A large addition contains a natatorium with eight-lane competition pool, a steam room and sauna, and a multipurpose fieldhouse with a 200-meter track which is covered with a durable Mondo surface.

A wellness suite contains the office of the fitness director, a physician’s examining room, a private conference room, faculty and coaches’ offices, classrooms, conference rooms and work areas.

Career Opportunities

  • Acute Care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Cardiovascular
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Home Health
  • Research

Physical Therapy Programs

Upon graduation from Monmouth College, students who wish to become a physical therapist can choose to enter a professional program to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. In most institutions, the Doctor of Physical Therapy is a 3-year program that includes some basic science coursework and clinical work. Several Illinois schools, including the University of Illinois at Chicago and Midwestern University, offer DPT degrees. More information about the physical therapy profession and schools that offer the DPT degree can be found at the American Physical Therapy Association web site: 

Courses that may be beneficial for PT school include:

  • EXSC 190: Foundation of Kinesiology
  • EXSC 225: Exercise Physiology
  • EXSC 251: Functional Anatomy