Top Physical Therapy Schools and Programs

Top Physical Therapy Schools- Spring 2015

1 University of North Florida 9.41
2 Texas Woman’s University 9.19
3 University of Central Arkansas 9.18
4 Mayo School of Health Sciences 9.05
5 University of Wisconsin-Madison 9.03
6 MGH Institute of Health Professions 8.90
7 University of Central Florida 8.68
8 Rutgers University-Camden 8.57
9 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 8.52
10 Thomas Jefferson University 8.50
11 Washington University in St. Louis 8.43
12 Emory University 8.38
13 Elon University 8.29
14 East Tennessee State University 8.26
15 The University of Alabama at Birmingham 8.20
15 Old Dominion University 8.20
17 Georgia Regents University 8.15
17 University of Indianapolis 8.15
19 University of Minnesota Twin Cities 8.13
20 Grand Valley State University 8.10
21 University of Massachusetts-Lowell 8.07
22 Samuel Merritt University 8.05
23 University of South Alabama 8.02
24 University of Southern California (USC) 7.98
25 University of California-San Francisco 7.92

In compiling the Top Physical Therapy Schools, students were also asked to post comments regarding their experiences. One Class of 2016 University of North Florida Physical Therapy student wrote: “Physical therapy is a unique profession. Although it is a tremendous amount of work, being able to help patients on a daily basis is more than rewarding enough. The physical therapy program at the University of North Florida is competitive and challenging, yet gives off a very welcoming vibe. All the professors are willing to help students in anything they need and are willing to take time out of their days to assist in any way possible. The small classroom size is ideal and the ratio of students to professors facilitates learning in all aspects.”

Students can continue to review their programs at and qualify to win a $1,000 scholarship, awarded once per semester. Reviews will be incorporated into upcoming program rankings.

METHODOLOGY reaches current and recent graduate students through scholarship entries as well as social media platforms. These program rankings cover a period from September 1, 2012 to September 30, 2015. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid, and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that graduate program, i.e., business and management. A given graduate program is not ranked until a minimum threshold of graduate student surveys is completed for that graduate program.