You Know What You Know
I have 60 hours left between now and when I take my seat at the testing center to begin the National Physical Therapy Exam, otherwise known as the "boards," the reason I've lost all social skills, and why I can't remember the last time I had a beer. If you've been following the blog, you'll know that I decided to take the boards prior to graduation, which means that studying occurred concurrently with a full-time clinical rotation. (For those of you who are confused, certain states permit applicants to sit for the boards prior to graduation as long as all requirements are met. Visit the NPTE website for more details).
From what I understand, the majority of students spend 6-8 weeks studying "full-time" for the boards. Often this includes preparatory courses; however my program doesn't offer those resources and I doubt I would have been interested in taking a study course even if they did. So I navigated the waters with the help of some classmates and recent graduates, giving it my best shot to cover the information included in the O'Sullivan text. I guess my only fear is that my cumulative time spent studying, which occurred in shorter bouts nearly every day before or after clinical, isn't enough. It's tough to tell what I've learned, absorbed, and forgotten completely.
Another interesting aspect to taking the boards early -- I wonder how I'm going to feel if I do pass the exam? Will I lose any and all motivation to complete my final project? Will I resent my clinical rotation? And will this really make me more appealing to potential employers? There could be some very advantageous qualities if I manage to pass. Just ask me in two weeks if this was all worth it.