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What will I need to do to give me the best chance of being accepted into grad school for physical therapy?

I am planning on pursuing an undergraduate degree in pre physical therapy. I know that entering grad school is very competitive especially in the field of physical therapy, so I would like to know what can make me standout from other candidates. Is is purely based on your grades? Or is it based on work experience? Thank you! #college #health #graduate-school #physical-therapist #therapy #physical-therapy #exercise-science #rehabilitation

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Jennifer’s Answer

Hello!

I would like to reiterate the other response that points out how competitive PT school is. The amount of applications that are submitted for seats in a program is wild, especially schools that offer direct-admit for students.

My recommendation is first to try to apply to schools that offer direct-admit programs. This is typically done when you apply to the school for your undergraduate degree (biology, kinesiology, etc). If accepted, you’ll have a graduate school spot as long as you maintain grades and program standards. This is the most stress-free way to go.

If you choose to not go that route, my recommendations are:
1. Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer!
2. Get observation hours with a couple PTs (different settings) for the awesome experience before committing to the career but also because it is sometimes an application requirement
3. Focus on your grades during undergrad.
4. Consider a prep course for the GRE
5. Be ready to write an awesome essay on what makes you different! Colleges love diversity, so share all your unique experiences!

Good luck!
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Adam’s Answer

Experience volunteering in a PT setting will definitely help! Grades are also important, especially in the sciences and pre-requisite courses required of the PT school.

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