PT Degree & Certification
I think you learn a lot more in academia then you probably give yourself credit for, you finish a bachelor’s degree, you are an expert in what you study for and I think it gives you a great foundation for learning more pursuing more learning, more education so you can’t go wrong with a degree. I think the learning doesn’t stop there and perhaps that’s where academia kind of get to that, that irritation is that, you meet someone who has the same qualifications, the same degrees, but has a very difficult product or different success rate. It’s not so much about the degree or where you went to school but maybe who you are as an individual, so how many times have you put yourself outside your comfort zone and pursued learning experiences that are very challenging for you and are very uncomfortable.
For example my first year was great, very small clinic, there is nowhere for me to hide, my first two PT jobs they were larger practices with lots of clinicians and lots of patients and it was very easy for me to kind of take the tough cases and send them off with somebody else and hide behind the easy ones that were having success. But to be in clinic with your mentor, being challenged on a daily basis on the why I know what you’re doing, what you’re thinking, yeah there’s nowhere to hide, very challenging intimidating but well worth it so pursuing learning opportunities whether you’re in school trying to connect the academic portion of what you’re learning in a class room with practical experiences. Whether that’s personally the wait room or pursing opportunities to shadow coaches and trainers or therapists or doctors, physicians whatever and then when you get out, your learning doesn’t stop with your degree, each of you will become a lifelong learner, whatever it is your passion is about.