University of Jamestown offers pre-professional preparation for a number of health-related fields including physical therapy, a field expected to grow well into the future. Select University of Jamestown new freshmen each year have the opportunity to secure a spot in our new Doctor of Physical Therapy program.


University of Jamestown provides a strong background for students pursuing careers in physical therapy. For entry into a Doctor of Physical Therapy program, any undergraduate major is acceptable provided the prerequisites are met. Most University of Jamestown pre-physical therapy students traditionally have majored in biology, chemistry, or exercise science.

In addition to University of Jamestown’s own Doctor of Physical Therapy program, your education will prepare you for professional school around the country. Recent graduates have continued their education at Mayo Clinic, University of Mary, University of North Dakota and University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

As a pre-physical therapy or Freshman Direct Entry student at University of Jamestown, you will benefit from:

  • undergraduate faculty whose main focus is teaching, not research
  • small class sizes assuring personal attention from instructors
  • advisers who are informed about the requirements and opportunities in pre-professional areas 
  • a strong emphasis on the liberal arts, which will prepare you for professional school
  • many organizations and activities providing opportunities to develop non-academic skills while pursuing your professional goals


mckenna thielsch center

University of Jamestown’s new McKenna-Thielsch Center opened in the Fall of 2013 and is a state-of-the art laboratory building. The 20,500 square foot facility includes six science labs, two nursing labs, a student research lab, and a greenhouse.




University of Jamestown provides a remarkably unique opportunity for incoming freshmen who plan to pursue a doctoral degree in physical therapy after completing their undergraduate degree.

Select new freshmen who have displayed superior academic performance in high school and have been officially admitted to an undergraduate major may apply for Direct Entry to the University of Jamestown’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The most common majors are biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and exercise science; however, other majors can be considered.

Direct Entry criteria are as follows:

  • Completed Application for Direct Entry into Doctor of Physical Therapy program (deadline: May 1)
  • High school transcript showing minimum 3.00 GPA (4.0 scale)
  • A minimum ACT Composite of 25 or SAT (R+M) 1150
  • Interview with a University of Jamestown doctoral program admission representative
Direct Entry admission notification to the Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy is made by June 1. The formal letter of admission will include a Letter of Intent to be signed, dated, and returned to the University of Jamestown Admission Office. Eligibility requirements will apply throughout your undergraduate experience; consult your advisor for details.Following successful completion of your undergraduate degree and all doctoral program pre-requisites, direct entry candidates will be guaranteed a position in that year’s starting doctoral class.

PT Fargo

University of Jamestown’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is located in Fargo, N.D., a city providing a wealth of clinical opportunities.

Effective July 31, 2013, University of Jamestown PT Program has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email: Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status of affiliation with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education that indicates that the program may matriculate students in technical/professional courses and that the program is progressing toward accreditation. Candidate for Accreditation is not an accreditation status nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

You must have 9 of the 13 prerequisite classes completed by the end of the Fall Semester prior to beginning the program. Any course work completed after the Fall Semester will not count toward core or prerequisite GPA calculations but will need to be completed prior to matriculation.

Required Courses Acceptable Courses UJ Equivalent
8 Semester Hours -Human Anatomy and Physiology I and IIORHuman Anatomy and Human Physiology Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Human Anatomy and Physiology IIORHuman Anatomy and Human Physiology Biol 208 and 209
8 Semester Hours -General Biology with Lab Cell, Embryology, General, Genetics, Histology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular, Zoology Biol 150 and 151
8 Semester Hours -Chemistry with Lab General, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic Chem 133 and 134
4 Semester Hours -Physics I with Lab Physics I Math 143 or 203
4 Semester Hours -Physics II with Lab Physics II Math 144 or 204
3 Semester Hours -General Psychology General Psychology Psyc 101
3 Semester Hours -Lifespan Development Dev Psychology Psyc 203
3 Semester Hours -Abnormal Psychology Abnormal Psychology Psyc 302
3 Semester Hours -Statistics Business Statistics, Math Statistics, Psychology Statistics Psyc 202 or Math 105
1 Semester Hour -Medical Terminology Medical Terminology Biol 210

If you have taken other related courses that you feel may satisfy the above requirements please submit a detailed written request to your admissions counselor for course substitution approval.

Bruce Jensen, PhDProfessor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Developmental Biology, University of Wisconsin; BS, Biology, University of North Dakota
Teaches: Introduction to Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Evolution, and Molecular Biology
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Carl Steffan, PhDAssociate Professor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Iowa State University
Teaches: Physical and Inorganic Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis
Chris Mahoney, MSAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: MS, Northern State University
Teaches: Technology Integration, Curriculum/Standards & Assessment, Elementary Methods, PE Methods, Teaching Fitness Education, MS & HS Activities & Materials, PE Seminar, Adapted PE, Social Dance
Sarabakhsh-Mort Mort Sarabakhsh, PhD, CHAProfessor of Business Managment

Certifications/Degrees: MS, University of Dallas; PhD, Alliant International University
Teaches: Marketing, Global Marketing, Marketing Research, Strategic Marketing, and Hospitality/Tourism Management
Wallace-Dana Dana Wallace, PhDAssociate Professor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, North Dakota State University
Teaches: Social Psychology, General Psychology, Psychology in Context, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology
UofJ Seal Kathleen Schnaars Uvino, Ph.DAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: Ph.D in Biology: City University of New York; M. Phil. in Biology: CUNY; M.A in Biology: Queens College; M.S in Computer Science: Pace University; A.A.S in Veterinary Science Technology: SUNY - Delhi
Teaches: Introduction to Biology and Environmental Science

walterMarla5 Marla J. Walter, MSInstructor

Certifications/Degrees: BA, University of Arizona; MS, University of Arizona
Teaches: Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology of Exercise, Methods in Aerobic and Resistance Training, Phys Education and Recreation, Exercise Mgmt (persons with chronic disease & disabilities)
Rittenbach-Terri Teree Rittenbach, PhD, GNP, BCProfessor of Nursing and Director of RN to BSN Program

Certifications/Degrees: BA, UJ; MS, UP; PhD, U of M; ANCC Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Teaches: Nutrition, Child/Adult Health II & III, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pathophysiologic Basis for Pharmacology Online RN to BSN, Professional Character and Ethics
Amarro-Anthony Anthony Amaro, PhDAssociate Professor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, University of California, Davis
Teaches: Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry
piscitielloDebi Deborah Piscitiello, MAAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: MA, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Teaches: Business Mgmt., Human Resource Mgmt., Strategic Mgmt., Sales Mgmt., Operations & Production Mgmt.
Kelsey Titus Kelsey TitusInstructor, Assistant Volleyball Coach

Certifications/Degrees: MS, Northern State University
Teaches: Intro to Kinesiology
Solensky-Michelle Michelle Solensky, PhDAssociate Professor

Certifications/Degrees: PhD, Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota; BS, Biology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Teaches: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Invertebrate Zoology, Vertebrate Zoology, Ecology, and Animal Behavior
Hager-Tom Tom Hager, MSHead Baseball Coach, Associate Athletic Director

Certifications/Degrees: MS, University of North Dakota
Ault-Cindy Cindy Ault, MSAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: MS, University of North Dakota
Teaches: Microbiology, Medical Terminology, Human Parasitology, Immunology, and Chemistry for Health Science
Crabtree Gene Crabtree, BS, BAInstructor, Athletic Trainer

Certifications/Degrees: BS, North Dakota State University; BA, Jamestown College
Teaches: Sports First Aid and Injury Care
Ash-Kim Kim Ash, MS, RNAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: BSN, University of Wyoming; MS in Nursing Education at Minnesota State University Moorhead
Teaches: Child/Adult Health II, Nutrition, Childbearing Family
thorlakson, mika Mika Thorlakson, DCAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: Doctor of Chiropractic, Northwestern Health Sciences University
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