9 months ago
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Can I go to a physical therapy school with an B.S exercise science degree?

I applied to Saint Louis University's Physical Therapy program as an undergrad. I was accepted into the school, but not their Physical Therapy program. As of right now, I am admitted to Saint Louis University's Doisy College of Health Sciences with a major of still deciding. My admission counselor recommended that I major in Athletic training since there are many similarities. I don't think I want to end up becoming an athletic trainer or a P.E teacher. I noticed that on Saint Louis University's Athletic Training page it said, "Students earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in EXERCISE SCIENCE after the completion of four years and then a Master of Athletic Training (M.A.T.) after successful completion of an additional post-baccalaureate year." I still want to become a Physical Therapist, so I was wondering, could I still apply to some physical therapy programs (Pitt, USC, University of Delaware, Columbia) after I obtain my B.S in Exercise Science, without the additional post-baccalaureate year? I don't want to become an athletic trainer, so I'm not looking into earning a master's in their Athletic training program. I know that I will need to complete the required requisites for Physical Therapy school. Thank you!


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8 months ago

Most students don't apply to PT school until they've nearly completed college - what you applied for is a direct admission program, which are usually extremely competitive. It is totally fine to get a Bachelor's (in anything, as long as you complete the required courses), and then apply to PT school somewhere else. Congrats on your acceptance, and best of luck!

8 months ago

I agree with @CAsunset! I would also recommend watching this livestream recording about becoming a PT: https://www.collegevine.com/livestreams/3794/how-to-become-a-physical-therapist

If you fast forward to the 15min mark, Elias starts talking about common majors for physical therapists.


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