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Athletic Training/Physical Therapy

kirkkirk Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
edited August 2005 in Careers in Medicine
Could someone help me out here with a job description of these and answer these questions below?

1.What majors do you have to complete to get into these jobs.
2.Is the workload really tough(undergrad/grad)?Will I have no life in college?
3.Are there really good AT/PT programs,undergrad and grad?

Thanks for your time.
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Replies to: Athletic Training/Physical Therapy

  • highschooldahighschoolda Registered User Posts: 1,793 Senior Member
    well since no one wants to answer, i'll give it a try.

    1. to be a PT, u will to go to PT school, which take 3-4 years to complete after ur undergrad. The major of ur undergrad is irrelevent as long as u take the proper prereqs for PT school. Most include chem, bio, physio, anatomy, math, etc.

    Some school that offer accelerated prog of going straight from prereqs to PT program. Very intense program.

    As for AT, some school offer it as undergrad.

    2. Depends on the school. Yes the prereqs are a little tough.

    3. there are no rankings.
  • arizonamomarizonamom Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    It is actually easier to get into an entry level 6 yr PT program then to get in after undergrad school. There are few masters level programs left as The PT profession is going towards PhD programs in the future and many schools are phasing out their masters programs.The workload is tough but you will still have a good balance of social activities , sports or other school related clubs and school. Great field!!
  • kirkkirk Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    If anyone could provide me with some information on this it would be a big help.
  • arizonamomarizonamom Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    The best ranked PT program is Wash U but they are all good if they are accredited. You can major in anything undergrad as long as you take the pre-requisites which include anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, calculus, statistics. A lot of folks major in a science or psychology but it truly does not matter. If you go to the American Physical Therapy Site they list all the programs. You can be an athletic trainer without being a PT. I know Pepperdine has a good program for that.
  • arizonamomarizonamom Registered User Posts: 1,359 Senior Member
    BU has the first 6 yr entry level program which leads to a joint degree in athletic training/ and a DPT. It is the first of it's kind in the country
  • jnm123jnm123 Registered User Posts: 743 Member
    Hey AZMom & others---

    D checked out quite a few direct-entry DPT programs (St. Louis, BU, UMiami) before deciding to go after a straight undergrad degree at Iowa. Choice of major, major/minor or double major is up to her, but suffice it to say she will be taking at least one science course every semester till graduation to fulfill the requirements for entrance into Iowa's #5 nat'l-ranked PT school, in which the end result is a DPT degree.

    Don't know how the req's for other PT schools are but these are Iowa's:

    12 hrs biology; 8 hrs chem; 8 hrs physics; 6 hrs psych; 3 hrs physiology; 3 hrs stats; 3 hrs math = 43 hrs.

    And...competition is very tough for each class--about 36 students each year, one-sixth out of state. Any applicant had better have a 3.7+ and plenty of summer work in the field as well. But that's probably the norm for any highly-ranked grad PT school.

    Getting back to the direct-entry, though, it looked incredibly tough & stressful right out of the box as a freshman. I had confidence that D would be able to handle it, but it was her decision--and I think the right one.
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