In the spring I will be going back to college to pursue my BA. My ultimate goal is to get accepted (and of course complete) an Army physical therapy program. (Search army baylor physical therapy, it is a great program for those interested.) Basically, to get accepted I need a BA, no specific major needed as long as I meet the prerequisites.
I will be attending New Mexico State.
I am currently an Army Medic. Although I have very little PT experience, I do firstline treatment for sports injuries on a regular basis. My treatment in the area is good, but my specific eduacation is limited.
I have a few thoughts of what I would want to do, I would just like to get some input from those who have gone down or are going down that road.
The school I will be attending offers majors in Atheletic Training, Pre-Health Services (pre med), and Kinesiology with a excercise science or business emphasis. Also offered is a minor in Exercise Science.
My thoughts are to pursue the exercise science minor with a major on an unrelated subject (possibly philosophy). I figure that since I don't need a specific major, I might as well take advantage of the oppurtunity for personal enrichment. The Army will teach me everything I need to know about PT, and once I graduate with a BA and get accepted, I will be force fed PT for the next 27 months. Why not enjoy the classroom experience while I can? I am near 30 years old an have always wished to go to college.
On the other side, a major with a sports medicine or pre-med emphasis might better prepare me for my post graduate eduacation. It is a very accelerated program, so the more I know going into it, the easier it will be and the more I will retain.
If you have any experience with this, or any thoughts, please let me know. If there is anybody who is doing Army PT or works as a N9, let me know, I'd like to pick your brain. Thank you