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Best major to choose to become a PT?

Updated Lauderdale Lakes, Florida

I'm a senior who is about to graduate and go off to college but I was wondering if majoring in Biology would be the best route to take to become a Physical Therapist? If not, which major would you recommend? #physical-therapist #physical-therapy #hospital-and-health-care #sports #athletics

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Mikal’s Answer

Updated Atlanta, Georgia

When actually applying to PT school your major does not matter. You will have to fulfill the pre requisite courses which oftentimes includes physics, anatomy/physiology and calculus. Therefore science related majors will meet those pre reqs without taking additional classes.

I graduated from PT school with a class size of 50. One classmate was an English major and two did career changes from engineering , the other from a marketing job. And of course there were several biology and kinesiology-exercise science majors. Don’t think you have to go the traditional route if PT interest you. A non traditional major on one hand makes you stand out amongst so many applicants and will spark conversation if granted an interview for PT school.

In college, you may change your mind , possibly several times. So whatever you major in, if you decided PT school is for you, make sure you have your prerequisite completed.

Rachel’s Answer

Updated Seymour, Connecticut

<span style="background-color: transparent;">Collegeboard.org is a great resource for this! I poured through the pages of universities all over the U.S. when I was a senior in high school. Collegeboard was my go-to site! They put all of the information in one place and it is very easy to use. They even have various filters you can apply to see only colleges that have programs you are interested. To determine academic rigor, look at the admissions requirements, G.P.A. of past admitted applicants, SAT/ACT scores, class rank etc. This will give you an idea of what scores and grades you need to be accepted. However, don't be discouraged your application will be reviewed based on the full picture! College-board will help you get an idea of what is most important to the specific school you are applying to.</span>

This professional recommends the following next steps:

  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Chat with your Guidance Counselor</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Create a Collegeboard.org account</span>
  • <span style="background-color: transparent;">Start using CollegeBoard as a resource to look up schools.</span>

MICHAEL’s Answer

Updated New York, New York
Akilah. Biology is a good start. I would recommend PreMed. That way you would get anatomy and physiology as well. Psychology would also help in handling the personal issues of he patients are dealing with after serious injury or illness. It would also help to speak with an admissions officer in a PT school. Good luck, Michael
I agree with Michaels recommendations.