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Carly Bailey


Carly Bailey is a junior from Otterville, Missouri. She is a health science student with a rehabilitation science emphasis, along with a minor in human development and family sciences. Carly is on the pre-physical therapy track with the intent to go on to physical therapy school at Mizzou. She hopes to someday work with Mizzou athletics and possibly open her own PT clinic.

“Physical therapy is a fascinating field due to its versatility. The combinations of settings, age groups, and domains of physical therapy are endless,” Carly says. “Therefore, it is a great option to pursue with high board passage and employment rates through Mizzou’s PT program.”

In addition to being a student ambassador, Carly has been involved in campus organizations such as the Pre-Physical Therapy Organization, HOSA -Future Health Professionals, and the Disabled Athlete Sports Association, which provides competitive sports training to people with disabilities. In her free time, Carly enjoys hanging out with her friends on campus, playing a game of beach volleyball, or trying new restaurants in Columbia.

What made you choose Mizzou?

I chose Mizzou because of their prestigious undergraduate and graduate degree programs. I was also drawn to the level of involvement and opportunity that isn’t available at other colleges.

What made you want to pursue a career in healthcare?

In high school, my favorite classes were math and science; not because I was necessarily good at either but because they were interesting and challenging. Mathematics and the sciences have remained my favorite courses in college, which is very helpful for a health science major. Also, I was a multisport athlete in high school, which unfortunately caused me to suffer several injuries (including a severe knee injury that required surgery and extensive physical therapy). However, I did not decide to pursue a career in rehabilitation science until a year after I stopped going to PT. Ultimately, it was my passion for learning in the sciences that drove me to healthcare.

What’s your favorite Mizzou club/organization?

The Disabled Athlete Sports Association is my favorite organization — I just recently became involved with it. It is a great experience for any health science major to gain exposure to working with a population of persons with disabilities.

What should make students choose Mizzou?

Students should choose Mizzou because of all the opportunities available on one campus. Between degree programs, extracurriculars, work experience, and FUN things to do at Mizzou, there is something for everyone! This campus truly is a family environment that fosters education and prepares students for life after graduation.

What is your favorite CoMo restaurant?

Murray’s or Seoul Taco — you cannot go wrong with either!