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Should I major in Biology or Kinesiology to get accepted into Physical Therapy school?

I want the best possible chance to be accepted into Physical Therapy School after I receive a BS degree. Kinesiology is the recommended program, but it is the largest program at the school I plan to attend. Would I have a better chance of being accepted into the professional Physical Therapy program if I majored in Biology or Biochemistry instead? (provided I maintain good grades in any of the majors) #college #college-major #physical-therapist #physical-therapy


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Donna’s Answer

First of all, good for you for checking out this question early so you can be prepared for what you need to do in college and beyond. As a PT professor for 20 years, serving many years on admission boards, I recommend that no matter what your undergrad degree major is, that you make sure you meet the prerequisites of the PT schools you are intending to apply to. So, first, identify several PT schools that you want to apply to then go into the school's on-line catalog and see what each particular school requires for admission to PT school. For example, some schools may require a microbiology course or an advanced chemistry but others may not. Just be sure that you use your undergrad elective credits to take any courses outside of those required by your major that you may need to meet the PT prerequisites. And always apply to more than one PT school!
Study hard and good luck...

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Deborah R.’s Answer

That is a good question. I don't know the answer to your question but here are a few thoughts. You could enter the kinesiology program even though it is large. Why not?
You could enter the program that you think would be appropriate for the profession and that interests you the most. It is easier to get good grades in subjects that interest us. If you were asked you could explain why you made that choice.
Be sure to go to the American Physical Therapy Association website, apta.org


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Cathy’s Answer

Either one. Any BS really as long as you get all your PT prerequisites and have great GPA. But most programs don’t just look at grades and majors. They look at your wonderful references and how well you present yourself in the interview. They also look at your experiences. Get a job or volunteer as a PT aide. The more hours the better. If you can get to the interview make them laugh!

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Brendon’s Answer

Either would work very well. I would recommend either a degree that's as close as possible to the material covered in PT school,
(such as kinesiology, sports medicine, or exercise physiology) or a degree that is different but of interest to you. Examples would include business, if you plan on opening your own practice one day, or dance/theatre if you'd like to specialize in treating patients within the performing arts. (The important thing is that you'd need to use your electives to complete the prerequisites for PT school. Do you know how to find those on PTCAS?)


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