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Should I choose an obscure major for Physical Therapy school or stick with Exercise Science?

I am going to be a first year undergraduate student in the fall at Pacific University Oregon. The most popular majors are the health sciences and I am planning on majoring in Exercise Science. However, I know it is very difficult to get into Doctor of Physical Therapy school after I graduate and I've heard that majoring in something other than Exercise Science/Kinesiology can make you stand out on your application. I would still earn all of my prerequisites for DPT school but I was thinking in majoring in something else that I'm interested in such as Journalism or Political Science. Should I stick with Exercise Science as my major, or go for something more obscure that will help me stand out during the application process? #physical-therapist #therapy #physical-therapy #physical #exercise-physiology #exercise-science #kinesiology

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Deborah R.’s Answer

Have you gone to the Pacific University physical therapy program website? It is very informative. Next, make an appointment with someone, professor, admissions counselor, director, in the program, and talk with them about your goals and how you can best achieve them. You are in a terrific position to get your questions answered and set the stage for eventually applying to that program for your DPT. They will start getting to know you and you will learn how to position yourself for their program, and probably also for many other programs. You can talk to other programs as well, but take advantage of what is immediately available to you and get a solid face-to-face start. So far you have positioned yourself very well.