Like many other PT candidates and folks, I used to question if PT school was difficult. If it was the case, what were the special requirements that made it so? Was it difficult for several reasons or just one? Was any of it preventable, or was it simply an unavoidable part of what one agrees to when applying to PT school? Physical therapy school can be challenging, but for a variety of reasons. The key is to understand why and how it can be difficult for YOU.
Physical therapists assess and treat the aberrant physical function as a result of an accident, disability, disease, or condition, for example.
Is it hard to be a Physical therapist?
The short answer is that it depends. Some kids never have a problem, while others battle all the way through. and the others fall somewhere in the middle. What you need to understand is WHY PT school could be difficult for you. If a kid is having difficulty in PT school, the reasons may typically be classified into one or more of the following categories:
- The scholarly content
- The number of academic courses taken and the rate at which they were taken
- Skills in time management
- The material’s clinical uses
- The program’s financial strain
- The program’s external elements
Some pupils have never had a single issue. Others have been struggling to keep their heads above water since the beginning. Everyone else is somewhere in the middle of that spectrum.
In pt school, defining and unpacking the definition of “Hard”
When we talk about the possibility of PT school being “challenging,” there’s a lot to unpack. For starters, each individual may have a different perception or expectation of what “hard” is in all parts of education. For the purpose of simplicity, consider “hard” to be a personalized, personal feeling in which the learner considers their high degree of effort to be unfavorably disproportionate to the outcomes they are achieving.
As an example, consider the student’s perception that he or she constantly works intensively for examinations but always or almost always obtains grades that are below the class average or below the school’s acceptable criteria.
Another example may be that the student believes they are being as efficient as possible with their managing time (and has no idea how to improve it anymore) yet still believe there may not be enough time in the day or week to study or finish projects on time.
Prerequisite knowledge shortcomings will make pt school much more difficult for you.
One of the difficulties that make these specific courses difficult for students is that their understanding of the necessary information. About the human body isn’t always up to date. While a student is not expected to know everything about a specific subject. Having a solid understanding of fundamental human anatomy. Basic physiology, and so on can make a significant difference in whether or not a student finds PT school difficult.
This is frequently a problem for the learner since they now have to go back and try to improve their fundamental knowledge while the next-level information is being delivered. This may create havoc on a student, causing them to quickly fall behind and/or score poorly on examinations.
Keeping up with fresh content is difficult enough on its own. It may be a pain to have to go back and study more fundamental information just so you can learn the new content.
The simple truth is that PT school may be difficult due to the intricacy of the content that students are supposed to master. If a student has a solid fundamental knowledge-base of the human body in place before commencing their PT program, it will ease a significant amount of perceived exertion when it comes to comprehending new material and remaining up to date on it throughout the process.
Almost every pt student will be challenged by the volume of information and the pace at which pt school advances.
While many students struggle with comprehending and implementing various ideas and information taught in physical therapy school (see Issue 1), others struggle with the amount of content and the rate at which it moves rather than the complexity of the subject. Some students struggle with both, which is the last place you want to be as a PT student.
This is similar to how many PT students feel about their coursework for any given semester. It’s not so much the difficulty of the content as it is the fact that there may be an assignment, a quiz, or a test due every day. Assignments can take time to complete, and studying for a quiz or test might also take time.
Even the most conscientious students might find it difficult to keep up with everything that is expected of them in all of their classes week after week. This can have a cumulative impact of academic difficulty. And, with little time to catch your breath, a sixteen-week semester with four or five classes might feel like a rigorous obstacle course that strikes you from every aspect conceivable.
Physical therapy school is extremely possible. Work hard, take it seriously, make the necessary sacrifices along the road. And keep in mind that it will not continue forever.