Physical therapy is a division of the health industry that specializes in the maximization of mobility. Physical therapy master's degree programs are rare; doctoral degree programs in the field are more commonly offered for aspiring physical therapists.
Top Physical Therapy Schools
These schools offer physical therapy programs, and typically prepare students to become licensed physical therapists.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|University of Southern California||Los Angeles, CA||4-year, private not-for-profit||Doctoral||$40,670|
|University of Delaware||Newark, DE||4-year, public||Doctoral||$30,924|
|University of Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, public||Master's, Doctoral||$22,060 in-state, $35,744 out-of-state|
|Washington University in St. Louis||St. Louis, MO||4-year, private not-for-profit||Doctoral||$47,620|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||4-year, public||Doctoral||$9,693 in-state, $26,871 out-of-state|
|Emory University||Atlanta, GA||4-year, private not-for-profit||Doctoral||$41,940|
|MGH Institute of Health Professions||Boston, MA||4-year, private not-for-profit||Doctoral||$42,685|
|Northwestern University||Evanston, IL||4-year, private not-for-profit||Doctoral||$49,064|
|University of Miami||Coral Gables, FL||4-year, private not-for-profit||Doctoral||$34,248|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Students seeking education in physical therapy should consider the following points when selecting a school and program:
- Students may want to consider prerequisites when choosing a program in physical therapy.
- Admission rates of prospective schools should be considered, because some schools are more selective than others are and will admit only a small number of students each year.
- Students with specific physical therapy careers in mind may want to research the internships offered by prospective colleges.
- Programs should prepare students for licensure eligibility.
Master of Physical Therapy
The Master of Physical Therapy program relies on a background in chemistry, physics and anatomy and combines studies in many aspects of the human body. Programs typically include 30 weeks of supervised internships and clinical experience. At some schools, large projects may be substituted for thesis work.
Physical therapy programs prepare students for work as physical therapists through clinical experience and internships. Students should choose accredited schools that prepare them for licensure.