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Pre-Rehabilitation Sciences

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Visit the American Physical Therapy Association website to learn more about applying to various graduate Physicial Therapy programs.

Career Opportunities

The main focus of this pre-professional program is to prepare students for  entrance to a graduate-level allied health program such as
Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic, Physician Assistant, Orthotic/Prosthetic, or Athletic Training.

Additionally, Texas State's Health and Human Performance Department offers several graduate programs within Exercise and Sports Science that you can explore on their website here.

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology offers a specialized advanced degree in School Psychology, which prepares graduates with or without teaching experience for licensure to provide direct support and interventions to K-12 students in collaboration with teachers, families, administrators, and fellow mental health professionals.

Declaring This Major

Schedule an appointment with a College of Education Advisor by calling 512.245.3050 or by stopping by the College of Education Advising Center in the Education building, suite 2143.

To ensure thorough understanding of degree and graduation requirements, students are required to meet with an Advisor before their record will be updated.  In this appointment, an advisor can answer questions about the degree program, update the student's curriculum record in the student information system, and assist with degree planning based on the new declaration.

Statements of Understanding

Students wanting to declare into this degree program will be required to review and sign the Statement of Understanding form below during their advising appointment. This form is intended to provide helpful degree planning information to students early in their program to pave the way for successful planning and degree progress.

PRS (PDF, 209 KB)

Degree Plan Checksheet

NOTE:  Information included on checksheets is subject to change. 
For the most updated information for each degree plan, students should refer to the appropriate Undergraduate Catalog and track their progress using a Degree Audit.  Additionally we encourage all students to meet on a semester basis with their Academic Advisor.

For 2016 and prior Catalog Years, the Concentration was referred to as Pre-Physical Therapy. 
Those students should meet with an Advisor to determine whether to update their catalog designation and/or how to navigate any differences in curriculum.

Course Sequencing

All advanced AT coursework requires a 2.75 Texas State GPA.

- PT 3400 is not available in summer terms.
- Grades of 'C' or better are needed for degree progress through the AT courses.

In addition to AT 2356, the following are courses the department recommends be successfully completed prior to enrolling in Clinical Assessment I (AT 3311/3111):

  • BIO 1330 | 1130
  • BIO 2430
  • HIM 2360

NOTE: The department strongly recommends that students wait to enroll in PT 3400 until after successful completion of AT 3311/3111 and AT 3312/3112.


The AT 4360 Internship in Clinical Settings course may be taken to satisfy 3 of the program's 10 required Prescriptive Elective credit hours and, if taken, should be completed in the final semester of the program.

The internship consists of 200 hours split between a minimum of two different clinical sites in a fall, spring, or summer term. Enrollment requires a 2.75 Texas State GPA.

Students needing more information can contact Britney Webb at

Minimum Requirements for Graduation

All Texas State students must meet the University's minimum Grade-Point Requirements for graduation [Texas State GPA of 2.00, GPA of 2.25 in the major(s), GPA of 2.00 in the minor(s)].


  1.  A 2.75 Texas State GPA and 2.50 Overall GPA are required prerequisites for continued degree progress and/or graduation
  2. Grades of 'C' or higher are required in the following courses for continued degree progress:
  • MATH 1315
  • BIO 2430
  • CHEM 1341/1141
  • PSY 1300
  • PHYS 1315/1115
  • ESS 3317/3117

Academic Advisor

Our advisors are assigned to specific degree programs.  When you call to schedule an appointment, our front desk staff will confirm your declared or desired major and will schedule you accordingly. 

Each degree program includes crucial planning details such as GPA requirements, course rotations, prerequisites, program sequences, applications/deadlines, etc.

By focusing on only one or a few degree programs, your Advisor will be better able to keep track of those details and, in turn, share them accurately with you. 

Shauna Patek

Last Names A - H

Lacie Nicole Arzola

Last Names I - P

Annalisa Turner

Last Names Q - Z

Interested in other professional programs?
i.e., Dental, Medical, Physician Assistant, Pharmacy, Veterinary
In addition to meeting with the academic advisor for your degree program, you should speak with one of Texas State's designated pre-professional advisors to ensure that you take the appropriate coursework and are prepared for the appropriate admissions test(s) and application processes.

Additional Opportunities

Join Texas State's Pre-Physical Therapy Organization.
PPTO is a student organization at Texas State that educates students about current issues surrounding the Physical Therapy field and providing an outlet of information to students who are interested in physical therapy graduate programs.  Members can also find volunteer and observation opportunities that may count for community service/awareness hours.

Join the Texas State Pre-Occupational Therapy Organization.
This group's goal is to educate its members on how to become a competitive Occupational Therapy graduate school applicant, providing informational resources and volunteer and observation opportunities in the process.

Join the Exercise and Sports Science Organization.
Meet other students who share an interest in this career field, hear from knowledgeable guest speakers, and gain the opportunity to attend professional conferences. Members also participate in social and community endeavors like tailgating, River Cleanup, and Intramurals.
Invitations are automatically sent through the organization's TRACS site to all ESS majors.
If you haven't received an invitation but are interested in joining, email Marty Wright.

Course Substitution Requests

You may request evaluation of a course taken previously or that you plan to take to confirm whether it is equivalent to a degree requirement in your program.

If approved, provide documentation of that approval to the College of Education Advising Center in order for the course substitution to be reflected on your Degree Audit.

The instructions below are specific to the ESS - Pre-Rehabilitation Sciences degree plan.
To request a substitution in a different College of Education program, select from our Majors and Programs list and scroll to the substitutions section at the bottom of that specific program page.

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