List of Undergraduate Physical Therapy Universities
Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College offers an Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant. Students take courses in anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, and the principles and procedures of physical therapy, among others. The school also has transfer partnerships available for students who wish to earn a bachelor's degree.
Clarkson College offers an Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant and a dual Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant/Bachelor of Science in Community Health. The dual program is for students who wish to earn a PTA degree and complete a bachelor's program to pursue higher education or gain marketable skills.
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green State University's bachelor's degree in Applied Health Science offers its students a Pre-Physical Therapy track. Through the track, students will take courses such as Biology, Psychology, Health and Wellness, and Cultural Diversity.
University of South Carolina - Columbia
The University of South Carolina's campus in Columbia has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, with an option of three areas of emphasis - Health Fitness, Motor Development, and Scientific Foundations. The courses taken in this program can fulfill the requirements to enter a doctoral physical therapy program, and the areas of emphasis may prepare an individual to work with specific populations as a physical therapist, such as athletes.
List of Graduate Physical Therapy Universities
Baylor University offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree that can be completed in two years. Their clinical experience allows students to choose a specialty, such as orthopedics or geriatrics, so their training can match up with their career goals. This is not the same as a residency program, so a student may still choose to enter one upon graduation.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina's Chapel Hill campus has a Doctor of Physical Therapy program as well as three residency programs in Orthopedics, Neurologic, and Pediatrics. The school also has a transitional DPT program for licensed physical therapists seeking to advance their clinical practice, pursue academic positions, or become policy leaders, and combines online learning with clinical training.
New York University
New York University offers a two-year Master of Arts in Pathokinesiology for experienced physical therapists to advance their skills. The program focuses on enhancing scientific thinking to measure and evaluate physical movement in humans.
University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh offers two options for physical therapists to continue their education - a Master of Science in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy and a Master of Science in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy. The program lasts one year and integrates classroom sessions with clinical instruction. Some courses taken include advanced neuroscience and medical and physical therapy interventions.
|School Name||Degree Type||Tuition (2018-2019)*|
|Ivy Tech Community College||*Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant|| $4,368 in-state
|Clarkson College|| *Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant
*Dual Associate of Science in Physical Therapist Assistant/Bachelor of Science in Community Health
|Bowling Green State University||*Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science with Pre-Physical Therapy Track Option|| $11,105 in-state
|University of South Carolina - Columbia|| *Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
*Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with Emphasis in Health Fitness
*Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with Emphasis in Motor Development
*Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with Emphasis in Scientific Foundations
| $12,618 in-state
|Baylor University||*Doctor of Physical Therapy||$30,888|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|| *Doctor of Physical Therapy
*Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy
| $10,243 in-state
|New York University||*Master of Arts in Pathokinesiology||$42,888|
|University of Pittsburgh||*Master of Science in Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy // *Master of Science in Neuromuscular Physical Therapy||$22,846 in-state // $38,736 out-of-state|
Physical Therapist Major Requirements and Description
Students interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy can obtain an associate's degree to become a physical therapist assistant. Associate physical therapist assistant programs last two years and include general courses as well as courses in anatomy, exercise physiology, and kinesiology. The credits earned in a PTA program can transfer to a bachelor's program if one chooses to pursue a career as a physical therapist.
Another option to become a licensed physical therapist is to major in subjects that will prepare an individual for a future doctoral program. Common undergraduate majors include biology, health science, athletic training, and exercise physiology. There are pre-physical therapy tracks that provide students with the pre-requisite coursework, but they do not count as physical therapy majors. These courses include anatomy and physiology, chemistry, biology, psychology, physics, math, English/writing and humanities/social sciences.
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Requirements and Description
Once an individual has finished a bachelor's degree, or they are a senior on track to graduate, they may qualify to enter a Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Common admissions requirements include a minimum of 3.0 GPA, letters of recommendation, GRE test scores, the passing of a background check and drug screening, and proof of volunteer experience. Many universities recommend that the volunteer experience is with a hospital/clinic related to physical therapy.