What Majors do I Recommend?
Your specific major isn’t important for getting into PT school. In a group of PT students, you’ll find that biology, exercise science, and kinesiology majors are the most common. However, some of my PT classmates majored in psychology, business, accounting, and english.
I recommend majoring in something that’s practical. If I had to re-do my undergrad education, I would have considered majors like Engineering or Computer Science, so I would have a much better chance at finding a job with only a bachelor’s degree.
What Majors do I Advise Against?
I don’t recommend choosing a Pre-Physical Therapy, Exercise Science, Kinesiology, or Biology majors unless you are 100% sure that you want to go into those career fields as a physical therapist, athletic trainer, researcher, teacher, or other healthcare provider. It would be unfortunate if you decide that you don’t actually want to have a career in any of those fields. Those bachelor degrees don’t have many job prospects that make financial sense, unless you plan on pursuing any kind of continuing education.
How to Determine the Best Major for You
Lots of people don’t know what they want to major in when they first begin college. It can take several years to figure out what you want your major to be, and that’s okay. Here are my recommendations:
1. Network with others
Make sure to talk to as many people as possible, including academic advisors, professors, friends, and family members. Get others opinions on different majors and careers, and learn about the pro’s and con’s of each. There’s only so much that you’re able to learn online.
2. Shadow as much as possible
Compare different careers and determine which seem the best for you. Shadow various healthcare providers, office workers, teachers, or whatever is interesting to you.
Are you only interested in physical therapy? Try to shadow other healthcare providers, anyways. PTs work with many others, including occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, athletic trainers, physician assistants, and pharmacists. Even if you aren’t interested in those fields, you might be working with them one day.
3. Keep your grades up
I was an “undeclared” major for several years until I decided to major in biology. I didn’t keep my grades up, and then had many regrets once I decided to pursue a graduate degree in physical therapy and realized that my grades should have been much higher.
Not knowing what to major in is not an excuse to let your GPA drop. You don’t want to limit your options in the future, so keep your grades as high as possible.
Here are some links about high school/college that you may find helpful. The website is really active and I used it a lot in college and when I applied to grad school, so look around there and ask questions if you want others’ advice too!
Advice for undergrad freshmen
What is your undergraduate degree?
HS student needs help to make a pathway to PT
Bachelor’s Degree: PT Related vs. Unrelated
Recent high school graduate, solid plan for physical therapy?
Comunity college courses and PT school
Experiences taking pre-reqs at community college
Question on Exercise Science major