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 earn your doctorate in physical therapy. 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 option in the Physical Education 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.