I am currently a senior at Northern Arizona University. I will graduate in May of 2012 with a degree in Exercise Science. Initially I was hoping to enter the grad program there and become a physical therapist, but after obtaining a job for 18 months at a PT clinic I found traditional therapies to be mundane and static. I have always wanted a leadership role in a job where I can help as many people as possible, so when I took my BIO 460 class (Exercise Testing and Prescription) I found the material pertaining to ECGs and the heart very interesting. Studying for the tests almost became something to look forward to (ALMOST) That was when I began considering becoming a cardiologist. This would allow me to help, at least from what I have read-up on, 25-30 patients/day and I will be in a position of leadership, more so than if I were a physical therapist where I need prescriptions from doctors before treating and continually relay notes to update doctors on their patients' status.
My decision to change career paths came late in my education so earning admission into medical school in 2012 was a no go. In addition, I am looking forward to having a year off before jumping in to another decade of schooling. Even so, I will still be taking a few courses to further set myself up for the medical program. I can honestly say that I am exciting to begin a new chapter in my education and I am sure I will enjoy every minute of it!