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How competitive is the field of physical therapy?

I recently graduated from high school and am planning on attending the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in the fall of 2016. I became interested in physical therapy when I had to attend it for many months after tearing my ACL. I am also a bit of a science geek, which would be helpful in this field for tons of science is required. I have just always been so intrigued by science, especially anatomy and biology. Another reason why I desire to be a physical therapist is that I love helping others. I have volunteered countless times throughout high school, and the feeling of gratitude that I receive from others is far greater than any material good. Seeing others improve through my assistance would definitely brighten my day. I am aware that a doctorate degree is needed for physical therapy, so for my undergraduate degree I am planning on majoring in kinesiology. I was wondering if it is difficult to get into a physical therapy school, and how hard it is to get a job once graduating with a physical therapy degree. This field is expected to grow greatly in the upcoming years, so will that make it more competitive to get into the college and receive a job? Does it matter whether you are in a clinical or an athletic setting? Overall, how competitive is it to be a physical therapist, and what would be the best way to prepare for any competitiveness?

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Elise’s Answer

When I applied to PT school, it was not super competitive to get in, but a good GPA and GRE will certainly help cement your chances of getting into the school of your choice. Once you graduate from PT school, there are tons of jobs in a variety of settings, so it will not be hard to find a job wherever you want to live. At this point in your education, I would focus on getting good grades in your science classes and other PT school prerequisites, get some experience either working or volunteering in a clinic or hospital with physical therapists, and don't worry too much about competitiveness until you're further into your undergraduate degree.

Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for your advice! I will be sure to focus on my grades. Suzanne
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