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As a high school student, what high school or CCP classes would you recommend taking before college to help me prepare to become a Physical Therapist?

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Kristin’s Answer

A deep understanding of anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, and medical terminology will give you a solid foundation. When I say anatomy I don't just mean the memorization of muscles and bones, what you need to know is the innervation, the insertion/origin, and the movement associated. The sooner you know those the better off you'll be as that relates to everything. As prerequisites you'll take A&P/A&P II where you learn the basics, once you are in a PT program you will dive deeper into every section of the body, cardiopulmonary, the nervous system, integumentary, etc., and need to be well-versed in how everything works. I'd also recommend getting some observation hours in different settings (most programs require this). As a college student getting a job as an aide or tech in an outpatient clinic will do wonders for your schooling as you get to see a lot firsthand. It is also a good stepping stone to make sure that is the field you want to go into.
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Gloria’s Answer

I'd recommend taking psychology classes.
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