2017 Top Physical Therapy Schools for DPTs

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Doctoral physical therapy

This list ranks the top eight colleges that offer doctoral programs in Physical Therapy based on the strength of thier student ratings. Topping the list are two Texas colleges: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, with a mid-tier out-of-state tuition of $17,811 per year, and Texas Woman's University, with a more modest yearly tuition of $13,687 for out-of-state students. University of Central Arkansas offers the best rate for out-of-state students at $10,018 per year, while out-of-state tuition at the more expensive Mayo School of Health Sciences is $27,000 per year. These eight options offer a variety of top-of-the-line opportunities for those looking to advance their career as a physical therapist with a doctoral program.

One PT grad student at Texas Woman's University stated that the school offered a "Top ranked program with a long history of success in the field of physical therapy." Another gave the following enthusiastic endorsement: "It could not be a better program to prepare me for my career." Click on the names of the schools listed below to explore more student feedback about these top-rated Physical Therapy programs.

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All schools on this list have at least one degree accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Rank College Campus Location 2017 Student Score
#1 #1 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Campus Location Lubbock (TX) 2017 Student Score 93.69
#2 #2 Texas Woman's University Campus Location Denton (TX) 2017 Student Score 92.23
#3 #3 University of Central Arkansas Campus Location Conway (AR) 2017 Student Score 91.76
#4 #4 Mayo School of Health Sciences Campus Location Multiple Locations 2017 Student Score 90.88
#5 #5 University of Indianapolis Campus Location Indianapolis (IN) 2017 Student Score 86.97
#6 #6 Marquette University Campus Location Milwaukee (WI) 2017 Student Score 78.57
#7 #7 University of Michigan-Flint Campus Location Flint (MI) 2017 Student Score 78.03
#8 #8 California State University-Fresno Campus Location Fresno (CA) 2017 Student Score 77.65


Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2017 Top Programs List, at least ten students from that particular major must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.

Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from your institution of choice for more details.

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