Thanks for the info. It is definitely eye-opening. Ideally i would like to remain in Atlanta (where I currently reside) hence why Emory seemed like a good idea and the fact that they are very highly touted it would seem. That being said, if I’m looking for a cheap alternative in the Southeast preferably, do you have any recommendations as to schools?
In regards to sportsmed, how do you get involved in that? What you do sounds exactly like what I want to do and not so much outpatient work. Is there any “proven road” so to speak of how to get involved in that?
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I really don’t know about schools in the south. I was fortunate enough to land a volunteer/shadow position with my current employer through my college athletic trainer. I spent 2 years+ volunteering when I could while an undergrad. During PT school, my current employer actually tracked me down through the same athletic trainer to offer me a job. Like I said, I am fortunate to have the job I do. On top of it all, I get paid very well…more than my boss when I lived in a much larger city without any of the managerial headaches, just see clients and go home!!!
Finding such a situation is difficult, I looked at over 15 facilities in the larger city and never found what I had here (I was here for 3 years, gone for 2 years, back for past 4 years). The best I can offer is look in the yellow pages for sportsmed clinics. Go check them out. Just by seeing the facility you may be able see if it is a fit for you (equipment, therapists, clients, etc). If it fits, offer to volunteer. Most places will take volunteers that are looking to attend PT school.
As stated in other posts, check to make sure you have all the pre-requisites. This has changed a lot as the education has moved from BS to MPT to DPT. You may have to do a significant amount of coursework before you even can apply. The course I am seeing required a lot is gross anatomy, which is sometimes very difficult to take on it owns (not academically, just tough to find it offered). Probably, the best course you will take in all of PT school though.