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Best Colleges with Physical Therapy/therapist Degrees in the U.S.

Physical therapists help people who have injuries or illnesses improve body movement and manage pain. They diagnose patients? dysfunctional movements by observing them stand or walk, use exercise and equipment to ease patients? pain, evaluate patients? progress, and set up therapy plans for patients. PTs usually work in private offices and clinics, hospitals, and nursing homes. The 2010 median pay for physical therapists was $76,310, and the job outlook from 2010-2020 is 39 percent, which is must faster job growth than average.

Since the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) no longer accredits undergraduate degrees, PTs are required to earn a postgraduate professional degree from an accredited academic program. A student can either earn a Master of Physical Therapy or a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. In addition, all states require physical therapists be licensed.

Courses include anatomy, ethics, neuroscience, chemistry, orthopedics, biology, physiology, therapeutic applications, pharmacology, physical therapy modalities, and kinesiology. Students will learn how to plan, prepare, and carry out individual treatment programs; record data in a patient?s chart; and identify anticipated progress. Students should be prepared to undergo clinical rotations under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. These clinicals provide students with hands-on experience while practicing therapy procedures and diagnosing patients.

The Best Physical Therapy/therapist Colleges of 2019

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 University of St Augustine for Health Sciences San Marcos, CA

University of St Augustine for Health Sciences offers 2 Physical Therapy/therapist Degree programs. It's a private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 926 students graduated in the study area of Physical Therapy/therapist with students earning 926 Doctoral degrees.

2 University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA

University of Southern California offers 8 Physical Therapy/therapist Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 200 students graduated in the study area of Physical Therapy/therapist with students earning 190 Doctoral degrees, 10 Master's degrees.

Based on 52 Reviews
3 Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY

Columbia University in the City of New York offers 4 Physical Therapy/therapist Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 118 students graduated in the study area of Physical Therapy/therapist with students earning 118 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 20 Reviews
4 Utica College Utica, NY

Utica College offers 2 Physical Therapy/therapist Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a small city. In 2015, 526 students graduated in the study area of Physical Therapy/therapist with students earning 526 Doctoral degrees.

5 Duke University Durham, NC

Duke University offers 2 Physical Therapy/therapist Degree programs. It's a large private university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 122 students graduated in the study area of Physical Therapy/therapist with students earning 122 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 24 Reviews
6 Northwestern University Evanston, IL

Northwestern University offers 8 Physical Therapy/therapist Degree programs. It's a large private university in a small city. In 2015, 148 students graduated in the study area of Physical Therapy/therapist with students earning 148 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 40 Reviews
7 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO

Washington University in St Louis offers 2 Physical Therapy/therapist Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 142 students graduated in the study area of Physical Therapy/therapist with students earning 142 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 36 Reviews
8 Arcadia University Glenside, PA

Arcadia University offers 4 Physical Therapy/therapist Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 262 students graduated in the study area of Physical Therapy/therapist with students earning 262 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
9 Northeastern University Boston, MA

Northeastern University offers 4 Physical Therapy/therapist Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 214 students graduated in the study area of Physical Therapy/therapist with students earning 214 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 48 Reviews
10 Dominican College of Blauvelt Orangeburg, NY

Dominican College of Blauvelt offers 2 Physical Therapy/therapist Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 196 students graduated in the study area of Physical Therapy/therapist with students earning 196 Doctoral degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of St Augustine for Health Sciences University of St Augustine for Health Sciences San Marcos, CA 15 : 1 2,140
University of Southern California University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
5/5
16 : 1 43,401
Columbia University in the City of New York Columbia University in the City of New York New York, NY
5/5
7 : 1 28,086
Utica College Utica College Utica, NY
5/5
19 : 1 4,463
Duke University Duke University Durham, NC
5/5
5 : 1 15,984
Northwestern University Northwestern University Evanston, IL
5/5
10 : 1 21,655
Washington University in St Louis Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
5/5
9 : 1 14,688
Arcadia University Arcadia University Glenside, PA
5/5
14 : 1 3,984
Northeastern University Northeastern University Boston, MA
5/5
15 : 1 19,940
Dominican College of Blauvelt Dominican College of Blauvelt Orangeburg, NY
5/5
18 : 1 2,061
New York University New York University New York, NY
5/5
8 : 1 50,027
University Logo Emory University Atlanta, GA
5/5
7 : 1 13,788
Boston University Boston University Boston, MA
5/5
11 : 1 32,158
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
3/5
17 : 1 29,084
University of the Sciences University of the Sciences Philadelphia, PA
5/5
11 : 1 2,664
University of Miami University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
5/5
11 : 1 16,825
Misericordia University Misericordia University Dallas, PA
5/5
16 : 1 2,963
University of Washington-Seattle Campus University of Washington-Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
3/5
12 : 1 45,408
Drexel University Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
5/5
14 : 1 25,595
Chapman University Chapman University Orange, CA
5/5
14 : 1 8,305
Ithaca College Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
5/5
12 : 1 6,769
Elon University Elon University Elon, NC
5/5
14 : 1 6,631
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
4/5
7 : 1 28,649
Quinnipiac University Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
5/5
17 : 1 9,654
The University of Montana The University of Montana Missoula, MT
2/5
21 : 1 13,044

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