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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Deborah R. Brandt, PT, DPT, CMA
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
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?)