^^^ Thanks a lot for those thoughts Matt. If anything, it makes it a little more difficult for me (more to come on that) to decide, because DPT was the whole reason for starting this. The reason I wanted to do Athletic Training is because it would cover sports injury/prevention etc, and then PT to cover post-injury recovery, which comes around full circle with my high-level fitness degrees to get athletes into performance condition. That would literally encapsulate any potential issue/problem/request/goal/anything that ANY athlete in ANY sport could need. That was my plan to separate myself in the field and also to work where I wanted to work, which is with athletes. Unfortunately, that whole path seems highly unlikely at this point, but not entirely impossible. And oddly enough Matt, they don't have an APT BS. The former community college, now state college, that I'm transferring from has an APT A.S., but UNF movement science degrees only include AT, EP, and DPT.
It looks like conditional acceptance to a limited acceptance program minus a pre-req is pretty much impossible, so taking Trig in the summer and deferring Physics post-transfer is a NO. Slightly more possible, but still not likely, is talking a Science Dean into allowing me to take Trig and Physics at the same time. Even if possible, that would be terribly difficult. What was the last resort seems like the ONLY possible way to get into the Athletic Training Bachelors program this year before it turns into a Masters program, and that's to take a CLEP for Precalculus. I would have to study and take the test in time to enroll in a Physics class that starts May 8. While I initially thought that would be ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE to do that, I found THIS:http://www.degreeforum.net/general-education-testing-discussion/12375-precalculus-clep.html
Which at least give me a sliver of hope that it is POSSIBLE if I choose to continue to pursue the Athletic Training program.
Another way to DPT is Exercise Physiology. The only reason I would ever get this degree is as a stepping stone to DPT. It doesn't interest me in the slightest to pursue a Bachelors that will open essentially the same doors as my training certifications. As a pre-req, it swaps out Physics 1 for Chem 1, and I don't need a pre-req to take Chem 1. Unfortunately, the application deadline is also May 1 and 7 of 8 pre-reqs have to be completed by application deadline, and I would need A&P 2 and Chem 1 during the summer. So that doesn't work.
And even then, I would need to take Chem 1/2, Physics 1/2, Biology 1/2, and another Psych class alongside my major classes, or post-B.S., to meet the requirements for DPT. And Biology 1 would be a second time because it would be more than 7 years since completion. So with Exercise Physiology as a possible path out, the only way there is through Athletic Training. Then I wonder if simply getting my B.S. in two years is the way to go, instead of committing to what looks like closer to 7 years. Even though there's not debt waiting for me on the other side doesn't mean it's the best way to spend $35,000 (B.S.).
I think all this gives me a different perspective on what's right for me. Maybe that money is better spent invested in trying to grow a Training business. Even though I'm not business minded, it seems like a far less intimidating venture relative to 7 years of advanced schooling. I talked about my "condition" earlier. I spent 90 mins having a great conversation with the advisor today. I was miserably physically uncomfortable for most of it, and by the time I left, I couldn't go do anything else with my day before changing clothes. Maybe I just need to acknowledge that some things aren't meant for me. There are some things that some people just CANNOT do, regardless of whether they want to or not. My dad's blind; he doesn't get to be a race car driver.