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Pre-Physical Therapy, B.S.

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Pre-Physical Therapy

Prepare for physical therapy schools with a rigorous foundation in biology that will give you a deeper understanding of the workings of the human body.

Why Study Pre-Physical Therapy?

Connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and internships:

  • Receive top-notch guidance from mentors and advisors as you prepare for graduate study in physical therapy.
  • Prepare for continued doctoral studies in physical therapy at one of many universities offering that concentration of study.
  • Meet the needs for transfer into most doctoral programs in physical therapy, including Thomas Jefferson University and SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Receive personalized attention and top-notch instruction in a supportive environment:

  • Our Stairs to Success developmental plan for success will guide you through your time at Keystone.
  • 92% of students receive financial aid.
  • Over 150 scholarships are awarded yearly.


What can I do with a pre-physical therapy degree?

Students complete their undergraduate study in biology at Keystone and then continue at other highly respected institutions to pursue their graduate or doctoral degrees in physical therapy. Generally, the remainder of their doctoral degree can be completed in three additional years.

Career Options

  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Recreation Therapist
  • Physical Therapy Consultant
  • Orthopedic Physical Therapist
  • Pediatric Physical Therapist
  • Sports Team Physical Therapist


  • Abington Manor
  • Allied Services
  • CORE Fitness and Rehab
  • Geisinger
  • Pivot Physical Therapy
  • UPMC


Dr. Nicole Diette
Program Director

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Program Goals

  • Demonstrate competency in specific content knowledge.
  • Apply the scientific method to address specific scientific problems.
  • Demonstrate competency in laboratory skills, laboratory safety, and laboratory technology.
  • Demonstrate competency in academic technology, including but not limited to writing technology, analysis technology, presentation technology, and bioinformatics technology.
  • Evaluate and articulate the outcome of research and laboratory experiments.
  • Apply mathematical formulas to analyze quantitative and/or qualitative scientific data.
  • Design and implement an original research study; collect and analyze data; and draw conclusions based on data collected.

Successful Giant: Rolando J. Rodriguez '18

Rolando Rodriguez

A 2018 graduate of Keystone, Rolando completed his Doctor of Physical Therapy at Rutgers University in 2021. He is currently serves as the HSS/NYM Upper Extremity Sports Fellow.

Exceptional experiences.
Giant outcomes.


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increase in jobs over the next 10 years


Median annual salary for physical therapy careers

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From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct real-world experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in the real world.

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Participate in a foundational experience focused in the biological sciences through extensive classroom instruction, guided laboratory experiences, and independent research experiences.


Connect with professionals through  hands-on learning and internships such as: Veterans Health Administration, UPMC, and Geisinger Health Systems.

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Undergraduate geology student holds undergraduate research award,


The Future Healthcare Professionals Club is a community of students with a common interest in the field of medicine. Club members can participate in various healthcare related programs and events both on and off campus throughout the school year.

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Featured Faculty

Robert D. Cook, PhD, PG

Robert D. Cook, PhD, PG

Professor of Physical Science   
Nicole Diette, PhD

Nicole Diette, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biological & Physical Sciences
Jessica Faux, PhD

Jessica Faux, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
John B. Minora

John B. Minora

Instructor of Chemistry
Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Assistant Professor of Botany
Vicki A. Stanavitch, PhD

Vicki A. Stanavitch, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health and Chair of Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics

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