Podcast: A Nontraditional Student Perspective
Listening Time — 32:40
At age 39, Kelly Clarke became a physical therapist. Despite knowing she wanted to become a physical therapist at the age of 17, Kelly’s life and career took her down a different path. But what Kelly knew the entire time was that the profession of physical therapy was her calling.
By the time she entered physical therapy school, she was what we’re going to call in this episode a “nontraditional student”—older than most of her student peers, having explored other careers before pursuing the physical therapy profession.
In this episode, Kelly talks openly about some of the challenges of that nontraditional student experience. She also advises current and future students that they should never let a lack of encouragement be mistaken for discouragement, believing that if someone puts forward the effort that they too can enter this wonderful profession.
Here’s our conversation with Kelly.
Read Kelly's original blog post, “5 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Starting Physical Therapy School: A Nontraditional Student Perspective,” or visit APTA’s Pulse blog for more articles like this.
APTA Podcasts like this one are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify, or by visiting APTA.org/Podcasts.