Pre-Physical Therapy Seminar

Purpose of the Pre-Physical Therapy Seminar – PPT 300

The Pre-Physical Therapy Seminar at Creighton University is offered to all students who are preparing to apply to a graduate program for physical therapy. Students participate in PPT 300 in either their Junior or Senior year. Collecting all the elements necessary for a competitive application is the focus of this seminar.


Students are encouraged to continue to reflect on their decision to pursue the physical therapy profession. Guest speakers and professional student panels will provide further exploration of PT and the professional school experience. A unique opportunity offered is for PPT 300 students to visit classes in Creighton’s School of Physical Therapy with a physical therapy student mentor.


Information about the Physical Therapist School Application Service (PTCAS) application is covered. Students will be advised on collecting letters of recommendation and preparing an updated portfolio of their activities and experiences. Students will also be advised regarding their progress towards a competitive application.


Personal Statement Workshops are provided to have students work on a draft of their personal statement for professional school applications. An Interviewing Skills Workshop is presented and students are encouraged to schedule a practice interview in the Career Center before a physical therapy school interview.

Key Components of the Pre-Physical Therapy Seminar

In addition to providing information and resources to prepare for an application to physical therapy school, PPT also encompasses programming and advising to assist students in deciding if this is the best path for them.

EDGE Priorities

Pending the successful completion of the PPT program, certain considerations will be in place when a student applies to the Creighton University School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. These considerations change with each new class of students.

COMPAS Journal

PPT students are provided an online tool to track their physical therapy school application materials with the Creighton Online Medical and Professional Application System (COMPAS) Journal. Students build their application materials through PHLC 200 and PPT 300. The COMPAS Journal is modeled after PTCAS, the national application service used by major physical therapy schools in the country.

Practice Interviews and Workshops

Physical therapy school interviews are a critical part of the application process. Through PPT, students learn interviewing techniques and participate in feedback-driven practice interviews to prepare for their physical therapy school interviews.

Professional Communication Seminar

Often the first contact that physical therapy schools have with a student is the written word. PPT provides workshops for students to develop their personal statements and resumes for their applications.

Guest Speakers

From current physical therapy students to physical therapy school admissions professionals and experts in the field of healthcare, PPT gives students the chance to hear from and ask questions to a host of individuals that provide insight into the application process or what to expect in and out of physical therapy school.


Clinical Shadowing Opportunities

Observing a professional in his or her place of work is critical for students to decide which direction to take in their professional careers. Through the PPT program, students can shadow physical therapy professionals who can assist them in finding their passions and building their application portfolios.