The 5 Year Plan – Update

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!

EMPTY BACKGROUNDHere’s an abbreviated version of the plan and an update with where I am since I left my full time job at the end of September:

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!

Pigeon Pose 1

I saw therapist have patients do versions of this pose
during my PT observation hours!

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.

I’m about 8 months into the 5 year plan and off to a good start!

13 thoughts on “The 5 Year Plan – Update

    • Thanks Abby, now that I’ve gotten the first semester of classes done I really feel like I can do this…that first semester of being back in school after working for so long was what had me the most nervous!

  1. Awesome job so far! 🙂 We do the pigeon pose in CrossFit all the time to stretch out, but yours seems more “legit”. 🙂 My bent leg is at too much of an angle I think. I’ll have to try to straighten it out like yours is next time!

    • Haha, trust me, my pigeon pose was TERRIBLE before I started my yoga teacher training because my piriformis was so tight from running, but practicing 3 times a week has finally loosened it up!

  2. Exciting! My husband’s a doc and he’s been saying for a couple of years I should train as a physio because I love anatomy so much. But I reckon I’ve done plenty ‘school’ for now! I’m loving yoga teacher training though. Good luck with the five year plan…And check out Judith Hanson Lasater’s work if you don’t already know it – she is a yogi and PT.

  3. So impressed that you have a 5-year plan! It’ll fly by before you know it. Exciting that you’re following a dream. 8 months down is almost a year. Yay!

    • Thanks Karla! It was SUCH a hard decision because 5 years of school is just crazy, but I really wasn’t happy at my old job so I figured I had to give it a try!

  4. It’s so awesome that you were able to do this! I barely have a 5 day plan let alone a 5 year one. I want to go back to school, but at the age of 31 I don’t know what I really want to do…unless I can still be a dolphin trainer! lol

    Congratulations and good luck! Keep up the great work! 😉

    • Haha, trust me, I never knew what I was doing 5 days ahead of me either, but to do something this huge I really needed to be organized and have a plan! PT is something I had through about for awhile and finally I realized I needed to make a change!

  5. I am cringing over your class schedule – science was not my favorite. 🙂 Great job so far! You’ll be a year in before you know it!

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