Declare as an Incoming Students

First-Year Students

As a new first-year student, your first opportunity to officially declare your intended Pre-Professional Health (PPH) Program (e.g. Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physical Therapy) is through the One Book. If you have questions about the One Book, including declaring or changing your PPH Program or major, contact Orientation (540-568-1787 | orientation@jmu.edu). 

Between Summer Springboard Orientation and 1787 August Orientation, you may email firstyearadvising@jmu.edu from your JMU email (@dukes.jmu.edu) to request declaring or changing your PPH Program.

Transfer Students

As a new transfer student, you can declare your intended Pre-Professional Health (PPH) Program (e.g. pre-medicine, pre-physical therapy) through the Transfer One Book. If you have questions about the Transfer One Book, including declaring or changing your PPH Program or major, contact Orientation (540-568-1787 | orientation@jmu.edu).

Declare as a Current Undergraduate Students

As a current student, you can declare, change, or drop a Pre-Professional Health (PPH) Program (e.g. Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physical Therapy) by submitting a request through MyMadison. For directions on submitting this request, please view the Video Tutorial About Program Plan Changes. You may also follow these step-by-step directions:

Add PPH Program

  1. Log into MyMadison
  2. Click the "Student" tab
  3. Click "Student Center"
  4. Click on the "other academic..." drop-down menu, select "Add Major/Minor", and click on the double-arrow button
  5. Click the green "Add Major/Minor" button
  6. Click on the microscope icon to search for the PPH Program to add
  7. In the "Description" text field, type "Pre" and click the "Look Up" button. Select the appropriate PPH Program that you intend to declare.
  8. Click the "Add Major/Minor" button
  9. After you have made all major and minor changes that you intend to make, click the "Submit Request" button.

All requests will be reviewed by Pre-Professional Health Advising prior to approval and advisor assignment. If the PPH Program has admissions/progression standards, those standards will be reviewed prior to approving your declaration request. If you do not meet these admission standards, you will receive an email indicating where you fall below the standards, strategies for improving academic success to potentially become a competitive applicant, and resources to potentially explore other career options.

Drop a PPH Program

As a current student, you can declare, change, or drop a Pre-Professional Health (PPH) Program (e.g. Pre-Medicine, Pre-Physical Therapy) by submitting a request through MyMadison. For directions on submitting this request, please view the Video Tutorial About Program Plan Changes. You may also follow these step-by-step directions:

  1. Log into MyMadison
  2. Click the "Student" tab
  3. Click "Student Center"
  4. Click on the "other academic..." drop-down menu, select "Add Major/Minor", and click on the double-arrow button
  5. Click the green "Drop Major/Minor" button
  6. Click on the microscope icon to search for the PPH Program to drop
  7. Select the PPH Program that you intend to drop, and click the "Drop Major/Minor" button
  8. Within the "Drop Reason" column, select the most appropriate reason for the drop-down menu
  9. After you have made all major and minor changes that you intend to make, click the "Submit Request" button.

Pre-PT Declaration and Progression Standards

As a Pre-PT student, you will be subject to performance standard reviews twice a year once you have completed ≥ 10 credit hours in the following courses at James Madison University: BIO 140, BIO 270, BIO 290, CHEM 131, CHEM 131L, CHEM 132, CHEM 132L, MATH 220, PHYS 140, PHYS 140L, PHYS 150, PHYS 150L, and PSYC 101, 160 or 250. Courses with equivelent subject courses (e.g. PSYC 335: Abnormal Psychology) will be substituted to determine if you meet the admissions and progression standards.

With courses taken at JMU, you must achieve and maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of ≥ 3.00  and a Pre-PT Pre-Requisite G.P.A. of ≥ 2.70 (the courses listed above) to maintain your Pre-Physical Therapy declaration. Since physical therapy (D.P.T.) programs consider all course attempts during the admissions process, the G.P.A. calculations for the Pre-PT Program include all JMU course attempts (not courses completed at other institutions). If your academic performance standards fall below a 3.00 overall G.P.A. or a 2.70 Pre-PT Pre-Requisite G.P.A., you are at very high risk for not being admitted to a physical therapy school. Therefore if you are unable to attain or maintain these G.P.A. standards, then your Pre- Physical Therapy Program will be administratively dropped.

You may use the Pre-PT Admissions/Progression Standards Calculator to calculate your JMU Pre-PT Pre-Requisite G.P.A. You can find your JMU cumulative G.P.A. on MyMadison within the dashboard on the Student tab or on your Unofficial Transcript.

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