Hi(: new follower ! So I’m going on my last year of prePT and today the physical therapist I shadow mentioned organic chemistry being a pre req. and I haven’t seen any school but one that had mentioned organic and bio Chem. any thoughts on that? Is that a thing I am unaware of? Also good job and you’re amazing! I’m your new biggest fan

Thanks! The therapist you’re shadowing probably went to one of the handful of schools that requires orgo, but most don’t. I never took it and neither did most of my classmates (same with bio chem). Double check the pre-reqs with each school to which you’re applying, but don’t worry about orgo!

When doing prerequisites for P.T. how important is it to do well on them?

The pre-reqs are one of the most important parts of your application. Schools assign them because they cover topics you’re expected to know in order to succeed in PT school. If you don’t do well with your pre-reqs, most schools will assume that you won’t be able to do well in their program.  In a… Continue reading When doing prerequisites for P.T. how important is it to do well on them?

@ladygaga on Instagram: “Up early for hip exercise! I have to do these everyday to keep my hip strong, otherwise I have pain. ( fyi I’m not really that thin it’s…”

I love this picture because even Lady Gaga (who had hip surgery back in 2013) has to do her PT exercises! She seems to be bridging to help keep her gluteus maximi strong since it helps control backward hip motion. The red Theraband also incorporates her gluteus minimi, which further help control the hip’s side-to-side motion.

@ladygaga on Instagram: “Up early for hip exercise! I have to do these everyday to keep my hip strong, otherwise I have pain. ( fyi I’m not really that thin it’s…”

Congratulations on your first job as a physical therapist! I saw that you said it was the site of your third clinical and I was wondering if you don’t mind saying which clinic that is and why you chose it as a clinical setting. The reason I ask is because I want to get a head start on which clinical affiliations to choose. I am in the new york city area and so far I am not particular with a specific demographic or specialty. Were there settings that were desired more than others in your program?

There are thousands of clinics, and I recommend finding one that you think will fit you well rather than one that you happen to hear about. I am in outpatient ortho in upstate New York, and overall, ortho was probably the most popular at my school. However, there are also lots of ortho clinics so… Continue reading Congratulations on your first job as a physical therapist! I saw that you said it was the site of your third clinical and I was wondering if you don’t mind saying which clinic that is and why you chose it as a clinical setting. The reason I ask is because I want to get a head start on which clinical affiliations to choose. I am in the new york city area and so far I am not particular with a specific demographic or specialty. Were there settings that were desired more than others in your program?

Hi there, Jasmine! My name is Daniel and I’m looking to apply to PT school this fall. I would love to pick your mind about the application process because I think I have instantly found a valuable resource in your blog. Current front: the GRE. I just registered last night and need to start studying again. Any tips?

It’s been a while since I took the GRE’s, and surprisingly I haven’t gotten a question like this in a while, but mostly I bought a couple study books and tried to go through them. Overall, I’m a good test-taker so my main strategy was to reteach myself the math I hadn’t seen since 9th… Continue reading Hi there, Jasmine! My name is Daniel and I’m looking to apply to PT school this fall. I would love to pick your mind about the application process because I think I have instantly found a valuable resource in your blog. Current front: the GRE. I just registered last night and need to start studying again. Any tips?

Hi! I found your blog at the perfect time, as I’m about to apply to PT school next month! My GPA is lower than the average accepted GPA at many of the schools I’m applying to, but I’ve got a ton of shadowing, extracurricular, and work experience as well as above-average GRE scores. I’m terrified that my GPA will keep me out before they even see my other stuff- do you have any advice? How did you stack up among applicants? Thanks so much!!

Hopefully your GPA won’t keep you out because it sounds like you have a lot of great experience. Is it possible to retake a class or two to boost your GPA? If you have a good reason for your GPA (ex a long illness, etc) you should find a way to address it in your… Continue reading Hi! I found your blog at the perfect time, as I’m about to apply to PT school next month! My GPA is lower than the average accepted GPA at many of the schools I’m applying to, but I’ve got a ton of shadowing, extracurricular, and work experience as well as above-average GRE scores. I’m terrified that my GPA will keep me out before they even see my other stuff- do you have any advice? How did you stack up among applicants? Thanks so much!!

Hey Jasmine! Thank you for following me after I posted about my sticker shock while I was choosing what schools to apply to this summer. How many schools did you apply to? I currently have 5 in mind (two close to home, one other in state, and two out of state) but I want to cover enough that I have a good chance of getting in to a school. Any recommendations on how many to apply to?

I applied to 8 schools. I think rather than trying to hit a target number, you should find schools at which you think you’ll be a good fit, and apply to them. I wrote this post about how to choose where to apply.

hey jasmine! I love your blog, its so helpful and you seem like such an awesome person! I am a student heading to college and i was wondering, what is the best major to pursue if i want to be a pt? I am stuck between biology or psychology, or even a double major of both. My parents think solely majoring is psychology is impractical since im paying so much for college. Do you have any advice? Thanks!

I have just received two strikingly similar questions. The second, from Sharpenlight is: “Can you talk about the pros and cons of being a psych major? Was it beneficial in applying to PT school, or did it make it hard to fulfill your pre-reqs (since it is not something like biology)“ Here are my thoughts:… Continue reading hey jasmine! I love your blog, its so helpful and you seem like such an awesome person! I am a student heading to college and i was wondering, what is the best major to pursue if i want to be a pt? I am stuck between biology or psychology, or even a double major of both. My parents think solely majoring is psychology is impractical since im paying so much for college. Do you have any advice? Thanks!