Hello, everyone. I'd like some thoughts and opinions on my situation. I've always been interested in the medical field. During college, I decided that I wanted to become a podiatrist. I was a pre-med major, took all of the required courses, and did well. Unfortunately, I couldn't afford tuition (and couldn't take out a loan because the economy went down that year) and had to leave college during my senior year. I've been out of school for 5 years. Now, I'm finally back in college and plan to get my bachelor's degree the end of next semester. I would like to continue my education immediately after (I had enough time off!) However, during the years off from school, I got married and had children. I don't know if I'll be able to be a podiatrist now. I'm in my late twenties, have children to care for, and I think podiatry school will just be too demanding. I also will not be able to work, which will put a huge dent in my family's budget. We have to pay tuition for my children to go to school (one just started school), plus rent, bills, etc. So to be realistic, I've started thinking about other careers that I was interested in in the past - chiropractic, physical therapy, optometry, psychology, etc. I'm most interested in going to PT school now. There are some programs that are geared toward working adults who are looking for a career change (classes are held in evenings and weekends, but are just as hard as full-time day programs). Most likely, I'd apply to these programs so that I'd still be able to work. I think I'd genuinely be happy as a physical therapist. I've seen the wonders that PTs do, and it really is a rewarding career. So I just have some questions about PT school. Is the coursework very, very hard? Is it doable with a family to care for? Is there anything you'd recommend I study or do before starting school? Please leave any other advice or opinions on PT school. For current/graduate PT students, what did you think of the program you're in? Is it worth it??? Exactly how long does it take to become a PT? I am an EMT and have shadowed many different health professionals. I have all the prereqs required for PT/med school/PA program, etc. I would love to stay in the health field and help people, but also have time for my family. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!