Exercise Science: Pre-Physical Therapy Concentration

Exercise Science with pre-PT concentration is the bachelors degree pathway for 3+3 students at Andrews University. This degree will prepare you for the rigors of the DPT program. 

Do you want more for less?

Two degrees in six years instead of seven. You can save a year of tuition and time with our "3+3" track. Our program is designed to allow students who would like to take an accelerated route to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree to complete specific requirements in their first 3 years of undergraduate studies and apply for the DPT program.  Once accepted into the DPT program, the 3+3 track allows students to enter the professional DPT program before completion of the Bachelor's degree. The 3+3 students’ senior year is the first two semesters of the DPT program. Students successfully completing the appropriate prerequisites, and DPT-1 and DPT-2 of the professional program (35 credits) qualify for the Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) Degree or the Exercise Science with pre-PT concentration degree.  The degree type corresponds with the student's major.

Historically, the 3+3 track only offered the BHS degree; however, starting Fall 2021, 3+3 students at Andrews University will take Exercise Science with a pre-PT concentration as the Bachelors degree. The DPT Faculty voted to transition to the Exercise Science with pre-PT concentration as the coursework will better prepare the 3+3 student for the rigor of the DPT program and the Exercise Science degree is readily recognized in the industry. We plan to phase out the BHS option over several years, if you are currently on the 3+3 track and not at Andrews University please contact Cristina Wilson, pre-PT Advisor, for more information. 

Do you want guaranteed acceptance into the DPT program?

An Early Assurance option is available for Andrews University freshmen who meet the following criteria:

  • Declare Exercise Science with pre-PT concentration as the major upon enrollment freshman fall semester
  • High school GPA minimum 3.5
  • Maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA throughout every semester (freshman through acceptance into DPT program)
  • Maintain a wholesome lifestyle per the Andrews University Student Handbook
  • Exhibit developing professional behavior
  • Satisfactory interview

Students who meet these Early Assurance criteria are guaranteed acceptance into the DPT program, however are still required to apply through PTCAS. Students who lose Early Assurance may still apply through PTCAS for the DPT program and will be placed into the applicant pool.



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