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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. Vicki Stanavitch
Program Director 


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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 a Sports Physical Therapy Resident in the ProRehab and University of Evansville Sports Residency Program. 

Exceptional experiences.
Giant outcomes.


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increase in jobs over the next 10 years


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Amazing opportunities—on campus and beyond

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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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

Erin Johnson, MPH

Erin Johnson, MPH

Laboratory Assistant and Instructor of Biology and Public Health
Jessica Faux, PhD

Jessica Faux, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology; Program Director of Wildlife Biology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, and Environmental Studies
Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
Kayleigh Delfino, MPH

Kayleigh Delfino, MPH

Laboratory Manager and Instructor of Biology and Public Health
Nicole Diette, PhD

Nicole Diette, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biological & Physical Sciences
Patricia Bederman Miller, PhD

Patricia Bederman Miller, PhD

Professor of Mathematics  
Patrick M. Ratchford, PhD

Patrick M. Ratchford, PhD

Assistant Professor of Mathematics  
Vicki A. Stanavitch, PhD

Vicki A. Stanavitch, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health and Chair of Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Youyu Phillips, PhD

Youyu Phillips, PhD

Professor of Mathematics  

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