Are you exploring career options? Are you considering a career in physical therapy? Do you want to become a physical therapist and aren’t sure what major you should choose? Are you wondering what degree path you should take to become a physical therapist?
Physical therapists must complete physical therapy school after they graduate from college. Many physical therapists have spent six to nine years in college following high school. Therefore, physical therapists must apply to graduate school. (In some cases, physical therapy students are able to attend physical therapy school without earning a bachelor’s degree.)
The ideal choice is to attend a college that offers a pre-physical therapy program. This program is designated especially for students who want to apply to physical therapy school. Courses include chemistry, physics, biology and more. They also recommend that you take others courses such as exercise and sports science.
If you are a high school student who strongly desires to become a physical therapist, then the best decision is to attend a college that offers a pre-physical therapy program. You can attend a community college for a few years (to complete your basics) and then transfer to a college that offers a pre-physical therapy program. Of course, you can also attend a college that offers a pre-physical therapy program right from the start.
If you are currently in a college that does not offer a pre-physical therapy program, then it is best to major in biology, chemistry, physics or kinesiology. If you are in your junior or senior year, and have a different major (let’s say psychology), consult with your adviser. You do not necessarily need a science related degree to get accepted into physical therapy school., but you will need to have completed certain courses.
For more insight and discussion, you can also ask for advice on a message board. The student doctor forums here, have a section specifically for pre-physical therapy students. It is an active message board and you can find lots of tips, advice and suggestions from other pre-physical therapy students. You can get advice on applying for physical therapy school and more. Another site to check out is the American Physical Therapy Association website here.
If you are still exploring your career choices, and aren’t 100% sure physical therapy is for you, please read “High Demand Science Jobs that Pay Over $60,000 a Year” and “Pharmacist vs. Physician Assistant: Which Career Should I Choose?”
You might also check out “Jobs that Pay $50,000 to $100,000 a Year.” and “Jobs That Pay Over $100,000 a Year.” Some other articles to read are “Jobs that Pay Well Over a Million Dollars a Year” and “Dangerous Jobs that Pay Well Over $50,000 a Year Without a College Degree.”
One of the best things you can do to help you decide if a career is for you, is to have a job shadow experience. Read “How to Find a Job Shadow Experience” for advice. Good luck with your career search!