Hello, it's my first time posting here in the non-traditional forum. Be gentle, please! I'm 31 years old and on the cusp of applying to physical therapy school. I graduated from UM-Ann Arbor in 2007 with a BA in psychology and relatively good grades (about a 3.66 GPA). I have all of my PT prerequisite courses completed (4.00 GPA in all of the pre-requisite courses I have taken since returning to school in 2013), have multiple observation settings, have my required letters of recommendation, have been working as a tech/medical transcriptionist at an outpatient orthopedic PT clinic for about seven months, have well-above average GRE scores (162 verbal, 156 quantitative, 5.0 AW). I am planning on applying locally in SE Michigan as my girlfriend moved home from Boston to be with me and I would like to be in proximity to my parents, as they are approaching their seventies, and I would like to be close to them if possible. I was planning on applying to Wayne State's program for early decision (for which I would have to have in all of the application materials by August 17th). All I need to complete for my application are my essays, which I could conceivably finish this week. ...yet I can't help but think I should take a couple more semesters to complete the rest of the required undergraduate courses for medical school and try to apply to med school or PA school instead. Why? For one thing, while I love the line of work (and I find manual therapy/therapeutic exercise intriguing as modalities) I can't help but wonder about overlap in terms of scope of practice from other areas of non-invasive health care (there has been and continues to be an ongoing turf battle between PTs and chiropractors with respect to non-invasive health care, and I find it rather disturbing that as of mid-July, 2015, chiropractors may now legally bill insurance companies for PT visits in Michigan without first exhausting coverage of chiropractic visits). Additionally, I worry that I will feel my hands are tied by being limited strictly to non-invasive procedures. While PT provides an important service to allied healthcare, it is limited in terms of scope of practice. I've previously considered looking at applying to DO school in particular, as half of the books in our PT office library are written by DOs -- in orthopedic PT, techniques from OMM/OMT dominate, and it would be silly to overlook this. PTs with an OCS certification frequently practice strain/counterstrain, myofascial release, muscle energy, etc. I feel like going to a DO school would satisfy this, not to mention that Michigan State University has a DO program that is considered to be one of the top primary care programs in the country -- I would love to go into primary care or physiatry via DO. Would it be worth it to consider taking a few more classes and attempting to go the medical route (whether it's MD or DO)? Am I too old? Is it too big a risk? Should I stick with PT? I would need to take two semesters of organic chemistry along with a few other assorted classes (biochem and possibly microbio along with a few others). Everything else is done academic-wise -- Chem 1, Chem 2, Bio, Physics 1, Physics 2, Anatomy and Physiology, Human Physiology, etc. Any advice would be helpful. I do realize that PA requirements are a little different than MD/DO prereqs. I'm trying to get in to see a pre-med advisor ASAP. Thanks!