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Is it better to pair a double major in kinesiology and athletic training with a minor in psychology or a minor in recreational therapy if I ultimately want to become a pediatric physical therapist?

I will be majoring in kinesiology as a pre-physical therapy student, but I am also majoring in athletic training so that I can meet the requirements for an athletic training certificate. My goal is to become a pediatric physical therapist and work with kids fighting potentially terminal illnesses. I am wondering if it would be more beneficial for me to minor in psychology or recreational therapy. physical-therapist physical-therapy college-minor majors-and-minors developmental-psychology recreational-therapy

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If you are sure you want to be a pediatric therapist, the athletic training major/certificate will not be useful for your career. If you are interested in working with high school or college athletes, then doing athletic training and kinesiology would make more sense. I would say as far as a minor goes that either one would be beneficial, but neither one required to get into school. I did a music minor! Most PT schools require at least two psychology classes, so psychology may take less extra classes. As an early intervention pediatric therapist, I see kids with a variety of diagnoses, ages 0-3. If you want to work with terminally ill children, a children's hospital might be the place for you!

That is exactly where I want to work! Thank you so much for your help! Rachael P.
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