3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Physical Therapy School

getting into physical therapy school

isn't easy for the 50% of people who are

accepted into physical therapy school

learn for really challenging three years

I went to physical therapy school having

already completed a master's degree in

business so I thought I had a pretty

good handle on this grad school thing

but I quickly learned that physical

therapy school would be the most

challenging three years in academics

that I've ever had so if you're thinking

about PT school or just really getting

started in a new physical therapy

program this year here are three things

I wish I knew before starting the PT

program especially number three I'll

talk dollars and cents and I'll let you

in on how much it cost me to become a

physical therapist number one hard work

is more important than being smart I

mentioned earlier that I have a business

degree and you don't really need a

biology or a kinesiology degree to get

into PT school and you can watch one of

those videos up there on recommended

majors to get into PT school but one

thing I didn't realize was how

challenging the science courses would be

within the program I'm talking about

courses like advanced cell biology one

and two as well as neuroscience and

physiology and at first I thought oh woe

is me I'm just a business major trying

to learn all these sciency things I'm at

such a disadvantage when but then I

realized all my friends who were biology

and kinesiology majors they didn't coast

by all the science courses in PT school

except for one person there's always

gonna be that one person forget about

them and don't ever compare the time

you're studying to the time they say

they are spending studying or the time

that they spent studying forget it the

fact is these advanced graduate courses

in science aren't easy and you're going

to be surrounded by a lot of smart

people but don't confuse hard work with

being smart there was a study awhile

back title praised for intelligence can

undermine children's motivation and

performance and basically what the

researchers found was that the students

praise for intelligence were found to

care far more about performance goals

how they did in the moment as opposed to

learning goals when compared to students

who were praised for their efforts or

the hard work they did you see the

students who clung on to their

intelligence were found to display less

persistence and overall less enjoyment

and the students praised for the hard

work and students praised for

intelligence described it more as a

fixed trait or something they couldn't

change while the students praise for

hard work believed their efforts could

lead to further improvement in

development look you might have a friend

in the program who seems to be smarter

than you in almost every subject forget

about it your job is to work hard and to

put in the time and the effort it takes

for you to learn the material not to

match the number of hours someone else

does within the program that doesn't

matter and it's the first lesson I wish

I knew before starting physical therapy

school ok the second lesson is to teach

others what you know and you'll quickly

learn what you don't how many times have

you studied a lecture and felt like you

had a pretty good idea of the material

just to take the exam and then to

realize how much detail you've totally

forgotten Oh welcome to physical therapy

school can I take your coat please have

a seat you're about to get schooled now

before you say Tim but I don't study

well in groups I study better alone I'm

not telling you that the key to success

in PT school is to study in groups go

ahead and study by yourself but when you

feel like you know the material we'll

find someone or a group of people and

teach what you just learned an

interesting study of first year medical

students at the University of Calgary

noted improved test scores of student

instructors compared to a group of

students who did not take an active

teaching role in small groups the study

noted increased time spent studying for

student instructors preparing for

lectures which makes sense because at

the natural shift in your mindset when

you know you're about to teach others

and material so you might spend a little

extra time on the subject

other studies mentioned in the article

point to improvements in overall board

scores and final GPA s for medical

students who took active roles as peer

instructors among small groups of

students now in PT school I found myself

studying in multiple groups at times

learning from others and I think it was

one of the best ways to cover material

for long term retention so if you think

you know something try to teach someone

and then you'll quickly learn what areas

you need to review again ok the third

thing I want to cover is that graduating

with 187 thousand dollars in student

loans is not ideal I've mentioned in

previous videos the average annual

tuition for private physical therapy

school is about thirty-seven thousand

dollars a year add at least one thousand

a month for living expenses and you'll

come close to one hundred and

forty-seven thousand dollars in student

loans now my student loans included my

undergraduate and pre

it's grad school balance which left me

with over one hundred and ninety seven

thousand dollars in federal student

loans now it's not that I think you

should choose a career based on the

money you'll earn but you do need to

consider what this load of debt will

mean for you in the long run now the

minimum payment for a standard ten year

repayment plan for one hundred and

eighty seven thousand dollars in student

loans is just over twenty one hundred

dollars a month that's a $24,000 a year

pay cut for the next ten years in other

words it turns your PT job with a

starting salary of seventy-five thousand

dollars into a fifty thousand dollar job

very quickly now the best advice that I

can give to future students is to

strongly consider a state school when

applying for physical therapy program

the median state school tuition is

eighteen thousand dollars a year as of

right now which is fifty percent lower

than private universities across the

country and when you're finished you'll

hold the same license and pass the same

board's exam as someone who spent close

to two hundred thousand dollars on their

degree of course whether you choose a

private school or a public school the

amount of money that you spend outside

of tuition will matter as well so being

wise on how you spend your money on

things outside of tuition over those

three years of school is also very

important if you're applying to PT

school you'll want to watch through the

physical therapy school playlist and if

you're already in PT school take a look

at how I pass the board's exam on the

first time I'll see you in those videos