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Top Physical Therapy Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Find out which top schools and colleges in the U.S. offer programs in physical therapy. Learn about the degree options at three top-notch universities, and find a list with facts about other schools in the country that provide training for physical therapists.

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Physical therapists must earn a postbaccalaureate degree and meet other requirements to qualify for state licensing. Foundational programs can be found at Arcadia University and Northwestern University. In general, the programs are designed to teach students how to work with individuals who have physical impairments due to illness, injury or other medical conditions. Learning outcomes include the ability to diagnose and assess patients' conditions and develop treatment plans, often in a relationship with other medical professionals.

1. Arcadia University in Glenside, PA

School Highlight: The Physical Therapy program at this university is ranked #14 in the country, according to U.S. World & News Report.

The university offers a multitude of relevant degrees in the physical therapy area of study. These include a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) and a Transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy (T.D.P.T.). Arcadia's Physical Therapy program was ranked the fourteenth best in the country by U.S. World & News Report in 2015

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2. Northwestern University in Evanston, IL

School Highlight: The main Physical Therapy program at this university incorporates clinical exposure to doctorate students.

This university offers a triad of Physical Therapy programs. There is the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program, a combined D.P.T./ Ph.D. (Eng) program, and a Ph.D. program with a specialization in Movement and Rehabilitation Science.

Top Physical Therapy Programs

School Name Distinction Location
University of Delaware DTP students can work with the university's sports, orthopedic, neurologic and older adult clinics Newark, DE
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Human Movement Science Chapel Hill, NC
University of Pittsburgh M.S. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program with neuromuscular and musculoskeletal physical therapy concentrations Pittsburgh, PA
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