I've been reading posts, and I have to say that what I've read irks me. I've made some generalizations based on what I've read. I enjoy working for a physical therapist and I would like to become one. But my options are tied to doing a DPT program and going into deeper debt than taking an MPT route with an employer that pays for the t-DPT. I'm hoping that I'll be able to enter into a state school. How much do medical doctors borrow to go to school? I know I'll have to borrow at least 60k. Salaries are expected to remain the same regardless of education (bachelors, MPT, DPT)...so I'll be spending many more years getting out of debt compared to those already educated as pt's. There will always be jobs for physical therapists but with socialized health care around the corner will I really be able to live as a DPT or just scrabble by...what about dreams of a family etc. I could get paid just as much, if not more studying to be a nurse in a year with 0 debt. And after a few years go back for a masters and be paid even more for what I know. Years of education is a trade off with years of living life. I would have this benefit as well. Nurses are in more demand than PTs. So my question is. Why? Why the extra two years of education now as compared to how it used to be? Who had this idea in the first place and were they living in a bubble? I know this is an emotional topic. For me, I have other reasons that compel me to be a physical therapist. Frankly, I feel like I'm being torn between two options. The one, being happy doing something I love, with a very big risk of not being able to live off of it...is this even a choice. Vs. working a job and making a life on top of that (vs the calling). If you understand what I'm saying you can understand my dilemma. I'm sure others share this.