MAP Your Academic Plan

There is not one comprehensive academic plan for all Pre-PT students, and students are not required to complete a particular major to be eligible for admissions to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) program. While Pre-PT students complete a common set of requirements for D.P.T. programs, as outlined in the Pre-PT course requirements, as a Pre-PT student, you may pursue an individualized combination of academic programs to complete your Baccalaureate degree. At minimum while pursuing a Bachelor's degree at JMU, you pursue a major, General Education, degree requirements, and 120 credit hours, while meeting other graduation requirements. As a Pre-PT student, you additionally pursue a Pre-PT minor.

Choosing a Major

As a Pre-PT student, you can pursue any academic major and become a competitive applicant. Admissions committees are most concerned with the overall scope and quality of your undergraduate performance and it is important that you select a major based on your interests and aptitudes. When selecting a major, consider how you will complete your major and Pre-PT course requirements in combination with other graduation requirements.

When selecting a major, consider how you will complete both your JMU degree (major) as well as the pre-PT prerequisite courses. You may also pursue a double-major with a Pre-PT minor, or you may pursue a major, Pre-PT minor, and an additional minor(s). You can research academic programs by looking at program course requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog and finding additional information about the program on the Major Snapshots or Minor Snapshots webpages. If you are specifically interested in exploring majors, you may also want to utilize the Career Guide to JMU Majors, especially if you want to create a parallel career plans with your health profession ambitions.

The ability to pursue a major, or multiple majors or minors is often dependent upon (a) the number of requirements an academic program requires and (b) the amount of course requirements that overlap between programs. For example, if a Pre-PT student wanted to pursue a Health Service Administration major, that is a very structured major with a lot of course requirements (74 credit hours) and only has three credit hours in common with the Pre-PT program; therefore, this combination of academic programs will likely take a student 4+ years. A Kinesiology major with an Exercise Science concentration is also a very structured major (60-68 credit hours), but there are 23 credit hours in common with the Pre-PT program; therefore, this combination of academic programs can be completed within a 4-year plan with intentional planning. Similarly, a Psychology major is moderately structured (47-51 credit hours) and has 9 credit hours in common with the Pre-PT program; therefore, this combination of academic programs could be completed within a 4-year plan with intentional planning. As a final example, a Communication Studies major is less structured (39 credit hours) and has no credits in common with the Pre-PT program, but can be completed in a 4-year plan with intentional planning.

Successful Applicant Majors (2010-2014)
  • Anthropology
  • Athletic Training
  • Biology
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Dietetics
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Health Sciences with a Health Assessment & Promotion concentration
  • Health Science with a Health Studies concentration
  • Integrated Science & Technology (ISAT)
  • Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IdLS)
  • International Business
  • Kinesiology with an Exercise Science concentration
  • Marketing
  • Media Arts & Design
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sports & Recreation Management

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