…unravel so easily.
When I set out to pick up prerequisites for physical therapy programs, I did it with such enthusiasm and gusto. I looked at various prerequisite lists and saw what I was lacking and thought, this won’t be so bad! I can do it! And apply for Fall 2012! YAY, only two more years at my job.
I told people, lots of people, my plans. I’ll be in a program in Fall 2012!!! YAYYYY!
Only, now I’m starting to consider the details of the DPT programs, and there are big holes in my plan.
By talking with admissions reps in a couple of programs, I realized that Mizzou had a stupid chemistry sequence when I was an undergrad, and I didn’t have all the topics expected in a Chem 1-2 sequence. So I need to re-take Chemistry 1 and 2.
The chemistry news killed my soul a little, but it’s nothing compared to what I’m learning now. All of those classes I took as an undergrad that I thought I could use towards prerequisites – general biology, general psychology, calculus, all of my biological anthropology classes – won’t count. That’s right, all of my gazillion credits of general education classes won’t count. Because they are apparently old and ancient. While not widely publicized on their websites, it seems most programs have a time limit on prerequisites: they must be taken within 5, 7, 10 years.
Even if I use the most generous time limit, my classes don’t count.
This means starting from scratch, and I’m rather saddened. No, I’m a lot saddened. This means another year at this stupid job, another year of waiting around to start what I want.
And it means telling people, yeah, when I said Fall 2012, I didn’t know what the hell I was talking about.
The good news is that I have lots of time to collect my 100 volunteer hours now. But that’s the only positive I see. Throw me a bone if you have one to add.