Health Sciences : Pre-Physical Therapy

B.S. in Health Sciences

Why study Health Sciences : Pre-Physical Therapy?

The Pre-Physical Therapy track specifically prepares students for entry into graduate level Physical Therapy programs. The degree also prepares the undergraduate student for studies in athletic training, occupational therapy, medicine, physician assisting, chiropractic medicine, dentistry, nutrition, exercise science, biomechanics and ergonomics, as well as other health related master's and doctoral degree programs. (Most licensed allied health professions require a profession-related master’s degree or a profession-related doctorate as the entry degree).

Admission Requirements

The University of Cincinnati has established academic success criteria for first-year applicants to bachelor's degree programs. All students are encouraged to apply. Please visit High School Student Admissions for more information about first-year student admission requirements.  

Students who choose not to pursue an advanced degree have career opportunities with their bachelor’s degree. Students meet the eligibility requirements to sit for certification exams through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

Through the ACSM, students are eligible for the ACSM certified personal trainer and ACSM health/fitness instructor endorsements. Through the NSCA, students are eligible for the certified personal trainer and the certified strength and conditioning specialist endorsement. These certifications are entry-level endorsements for employment in the private health/fitness industry, health and/or rehabilitation centers. Graduates can also act as exercise supervisors with high schools, universities, or professional athletic teams.

With additional professional experience and education, these certifications can lead to advanced endorsements through both the ACSM and the NSCA.

Advisors will be there to help you at every step of your academic journey. If you have advising related questions, please visit the College of Allied Health Sciences’ Academic Advising.

The UC DPT program provides two special considerations for UC Health Sciences majors. High performing incoming freshman and high performing juniors can apply to the UC DPT program for early admission consideration through the High School Early Admission Pathyway (HEAP) or the Junior Early Admission Pathway (JEAP processes). See the DPT program website for details on these two pathways at

If you are student who wishes to transfer from a college or university outside of the University of Cincinnati system, please visit Transfer Admissions for more information.

If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at the University of Cincinnati (including UC Blue Ash and UC Clermont), but want to change your major to one in the College of Allied Health Sciences, please visit Transition Students for more information.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines can be found at Admissions Deadlines.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator
3225 Eden Ave
Rm 279 (Health Sciences)
Cincinnati, OH 45267
(513) 558-7477

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