Ah, the 5 year plan. For those of you that are new around here, here’s a quick re-cap: back in September I quit my job and decided to go back to school…for 5 YEARS! Yes, it took my to the age of 31 to figure out that what I really wanted to do in life was to be a physical therapist. And apparently they need to go to school for a looooong time, hence – The 5 Year Plan!
October to December 2012 – Yoga Teacher Training
Done! I completed my yoga teacher training in December of 2012 and have been teaching a few yoga classes since then. Being certified as a yoga teacher is a great tie in with going back to school for physical therapy since it gave me a bit of a foundation in anatomy and many of the stretches and exercises used in physical therapy are yoga poses!
January 2013 to May 2014
Prerequisite Classes and Application Requirements
Being a Mass Communications major there are A LOT of science pre-req classes I need to take to apply to a DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy) program. I also need to take the GRE’s and do observation hours in a physical therapy setting. I’m hoping to be ready to apply to programs this winter to begin in the summer or fall of 2014 (depending on the program).
Here’s where I stand with everything right now:
Classes – 3 out of 12 complete
I took 3 classes this spring (Bio I, Chem I and Psych), I’ll be taking 2 this summer (Bio II & Statistics) and then I’ll be taking 4 classes this fall (Chem II, Anatomy, Physics I & Psychology) and the remaining 3 (Physiology, Physics II & Math) in the spring of 2014.
Observation Hours – 50 of 150 hours complete
Different schools require between 50-100 hours of observation time in a physical therapy setting just to apply to the programs! I really want to do everything I can to make sure I get into a DPT program so I’ve set a goal of 150 hours for myself. This has been an interesting experience so far – separate post coming soon on this one!
I’m planning on studying for this over the summer (beach reading??) and taking it in fall.