Physical Therapy

Pre-PT scholars program

The University of Missouri Department of Physical Therapy (MU DPT) in the College of Health Sciences strives to foster an inclusive and diverse community of people and abilities. As part of a land-grant institution, the MU DPT program is committed to preparing graduates to serve diverse communities and an evolving profession. A body of students with a variety of personal characteristics including differing identities, abilities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives contributes to a beneficial learning environment for all students. MU DPT places emphasis on graduating students who not only reflect academic excellence but also are prepared to work with and serve people from a wide range of backgrounds.

The Pre-PT Scholars Program (PPS) is a pathway development program supporting Mizzou undergraduate students focused on improving access to a doctor of physical therapy (PT) program. Some students may face challenges in being well-prepared for a graduate school admissions process. Disparities based on access to resources, exposure, and knowledge necessary to prepare for admissions processes may limit a student’s ability to successfully apply to PT school. Students who may benefit from wraparound services such as mentoring and professional development are encouraged to apply. The program helps connect students with opportunities for academic tutoring, PT observation hours, faculty advising, mentoring, professional skill development, and more. Informed by the research, the support model has been shown to help students who traditionally may be less familiar with graduate school and the preparation process to prepare academically and professionally for PT school.

MU DPT is committed to helping foster a more inclusive and equitable learning environment and profession.  On-campus students who have completed at least one semester of college coursework are encouraged to apply. 

Support our program

College of Health Sciences pathway programs provide support for students who intend to apply to a graduate-level program in the health professions. The program focuses providing wraparound services like mentoring and professional development for students who traditionally may be less familiar with access to graduate school preparation. Your gift enables these programs to continue, and makes it possible for us to launch programs for students headed to other disciplines. Thank you!