So I'm waiting to hear back from all these schools, and I'm thinking about my backup plans and what I will do if I'm not accepted. Last year I worked in outpatient ortho (as an aide) with PT's and ATC's, and I decided I loved working with high school athletes and the like, as the ATC's did in their split time between the clinic and high school. I also got to help the trainers of the USA men's developmental hockey teams, and really enjoyed that. Having figured this out, I decided to apply to an athletic training master's program as a backup if PT doesn't work out. What has got me concerned is not the steep salary decrease or long hours, but the potential for all of the ATC jobs in hospitals, clinics, and healthcare facilities to be gone if the APTA decides to throw it's weight around with the insurance companies and bans ATC's from billing for PT. Does anyone know if that might happen in the near future?