Mercer University undergraduate students who plan to pursue a career in physical therapy are considered to be on the “pre-physical therapy” or “pre-PT”, track. Pre-physical therapy is not an academic major; students must declare and work towards a degree as they fulfill the admission requirements for their preferred physical therapy graduate programs.
To prepare for graduate physical therapy programs, Mercer students may earn a bachelor’s degree of their choice as they fulfill the prerequisites for their preferred PT programs, or may seek participation in one of the Accelerated Special Consideration Programs (ASCP) described in detail on the Special Consideration Programs page>>.
Students need to be aware that the prerequisite science coursework for the pre-health professions tracks is only offered on Mercer's Macon campus. Students must therefore be enrolled in one of Mercer's colleges or schools on the Macon campus to complete any of the pre-health professions tracks.
Students should also note that the prerequisite for all introductory science courses (chemistry, biology, and physics) is "calculus-readiness" (competency in mathematics at or above the pre-calculus level). Students planning on following a pre-health professions track are therefore advised to take mathematics in high school at least through the pre-calculus level.
Pre-Physical Therapy Track Advising Resources
Current Mercer Students
Students enrolled at Mercer who are following one of the pre-health professions tracks should enroll in the "MercerPreHealth" advising course on Canvas>>.