Should I study Athletic Training if I want to go to Physical Therapy school?

The field of athletic training is different than physical therapy. While the athletic training degree will help you learn some things that will help you as a physical therapist, your undergraduate education needs to include the pre-requisites necessary for admission to physical therapy school. Some of those pre-requisites are included in the athletic training degree; you can use your electives for some of the other pre-requisites. If you are interested in earning both your athletic training and physical therapy credentials, choose to study athletic training as an undergraduate. If you are not interested in becoming a certified athletic trainer, then you should choose our Exercise and Sport Physiology major. This program includes more of the required pre-requisites as well as a number of other classes that will prepare you to become a physical therapist.