The Top 100 Best Physical Therapy Schools in the U.S.

Posted by Rohit Mittal

You are planning to major in physical therapy and you want to study in the United States. You might have heard that the US has the best physical therapy schools worldwide, so of course, the US crossed your mind when deciding to choose your PT school. We want to help you pursue your dreams and choose the best school for you so in this article you will find a ranking of the top 100 physical therapy schools in the United States. The trophy for the best physical therapy schools goes to the University of Southern California. The second best school for you to consider is the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. We give an overview of both schools below and wrap up the article with the top 100 list you have been waiting for.

Top 5 Best Physical Therapy Schools in the U.S.

1. The University of Southern California

The University of Southern California offers a complete 115-unit program in physical therapy. In order to be able to achieve 115 units, the program is made up of six semesters and two summer courses. In addition, the university has made it obligatory as part of their curriculum during all 3 years to gain clinical experience during your studies. Once you have finished your three years with success, the USC graduate school will award you with a D.P.T., the degree Doctor of Physical Therapy. In order to complete your studies with success, you need to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all of your courses. Aside from excelling academically, USC requires recipients of the award to meet all professional standards and to pass all clinical clerkships.

2. The University of Pittsburgh

The childhood jingle “second is the best” rings true when you consider the accolades and prestige of the University of Pittsburgh PT program. The University of Pittsburgh offers a full-time program which will lead you down the path to getting your D.P.T. degree in three years or an equivalent of nine semesters. During the last year, all students have to do a one-year internship in a clinic to complete their degree.

3. Washington University in St. Louis

The Washington University Program in Physical Therapy is a full-time, three-year program. The program combines the classroom and clinical learning to prepare the students for professional leadership. The esteemed faculty of the program is recognized for its extensive command over neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions as well in-depth knowledge of movement impairment classification.

Founded in 1942, the Program in Physical Therapy will make the students fully prepared to treat as well as diagnose the patients’ movement impairments.

4. University of Delaware

One of the largest programs in the College of Health Sciences, The University of Delaware DPT Program is a university-based extensive physical therapist educational program. The curriculum is designed to develop lifelong learning skills amongst the students and enables them to become pioneers in their respective careers.

The program regularly utilizes instructors who are well-known experts to help students establish relationships between clinical research and practice. The faculty members of the DPT program are of the belief that the university is a suitable environment to educate and prepare future physical therapists.

World Report and The US News ranked the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program as the best in the country

5. University of Iowa

The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science offers a distinctive learning experience to its students. The program provides proper resources to the students to harmonize the mission of excellence in research, clinical service, and teaching.

The department is situated in the Carver College of Medicine. The Department of Rehabilitation Therapies is a unique department in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences offers degrees like DPT, MA, and Ph.D.

As a professional clinical entry-level program, the Doctor of Physical Therapy or DPT admits about 40 students in the month of July every year. The program is 2½ year curriculum and includes 35 weeks of clinical education experience (full time). If the candidates complete the curriculum satisfactorily, they shall be allowed to partake in a state-administered national licensing examination.

Now we get to our top 100 Physical Therapy Schools in the United States!

Top 100 Ranking US Physical Therapy Schools

RankSchool
1University of Southern California

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2University of Pittsburgh

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3Washington University in St. Louis

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4University of Delaware

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5University of Iowa

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6US Army-Baylor University

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7Arcadia University

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8MGH Institute of Health Professions

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9Northwestern University

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10University of Miami

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11Emory University

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12University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

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13Duke University

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14University of California–San Francisco

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15New York University

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16University of Florida

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17University of Illinois–Chicago

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18University of Maryland–Baltimore

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19Creighton University

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20Marquette University

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21Ohio State University

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22University of Minnesota–Twin Cities

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23University of Utah

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24Boston University

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25Texas Woman’s University

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26University of Kansas Medical Center

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27University of Texas Medical Branch–Galveston

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28Virginia Commonwealth University

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29Northern Arizona University

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30Regis University

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31University of Alabama–Birmingham

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32University of Washington

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33Columbia University

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34Mayo School of Health Related Sciences

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35University of Colorado–Denver

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36University of Nebraska Medical Center

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37University of Wisconsin–Madison

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38University of Kentucky

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39University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

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40University of Wisconsin–La Crosse

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41Ithaca College

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42Ohio University

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43Simmons College

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44St. Louis University

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45Temple University

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46University of Central Arkansas

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47University of Indianapolis

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48University of Montana–Missoula

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49University of Tennessee Health Science Center

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50University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center–Dallas

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51University of Vermont

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52Belmont University

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53Indiana University–Indianapolis

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54Sacred Heart University

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55University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey–Newark

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56University of Missouri

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57Drexel University

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58Eastern Washington University

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59Old Dominion University

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60Pacific University

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61Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

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62Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey–Camden/UMDNJ

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63St. Ambrose University

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64Stony Brook University–SUNY

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65Texas State University–San Marcos

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66University at Buffalo–SUNY

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67University of Connecticut

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68University of Michigan–Flint

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69Bradley University

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70Chapman University

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71College of St. Scholastica

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72East Carolina University

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73Medical College of Georgia

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74Medical University of South Carolina

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75Northeastern University

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76Samuel Merritt University

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77SUNY Upstate Medical Center

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78Thomas Jefferson University

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79University of North Dakota

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80University of Puget Sound

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81University of South Carolina

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82University of South Florida

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83University of Tennessee–Chattanooga

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84West Virginia University

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85Armstrong Atlantic State University

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86Elon University

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87St. Catherine University

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88SUNY Downstate Medical Center

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89Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

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90University of Evansville

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91University of Rhode Island

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92University of Texas Health Science Center–San Antonio

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93University of the Pacific

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94University of the Pacific

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95California State University–Fresno

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96California State University–Northridge

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97Concordia University Wisconsin

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98CUNY–Hunter College

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99George Washington University

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100Georgia State University

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