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Tuten March 1, 2011

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The Final Word on America’s Top 10 Physical Therapy Schools

by Tera Tuten on March 1, 2011

physical therapy schools in America

Helping someone get (or get back) the ability to painlessly move in every aspect of life is one of the guiding principals of physical therapy. It’s also one of the most rewarding aspects of being a physical therapist.

Finding the right physical therapy school for you to learn at or be affiliated with is a major accomplishment in a career in this gratifying medical field.

Through analysis of admissions, job placement, research achievements, previous rankings and student reviews, we’ve compiled our picks for the top 10 physical therapy schools in America, starting with #1:

University of Southern California

[1] 1. University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is consistently cited at or near the top of physiotherapy school rankings in the U.S., and for good reason. Founded in 1945, the well established USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy offers multiple programs with access to cutting-edge research. Among this well-respected school’s degree programs is a three-year Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Ph.D. in Biokinesiology, one of the nation’s first Ph.D. degrees in physical therapy education.


Washington University in St.Louis

2. Washington University in St. Louis

The physical therapy program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is one of the most respected physical therapy programs in America. Founded in 1942 as the Barnes Hospital School for Physical Therapy Technicians, the program in physical therapy began as a six-month program directed by an orthopedic surgeon to train therapists to treat soldiers in World War II. In 1948, the school began educating physical therapists at the baccalaureate level as part of the Washington University School of Medicine. The school also offers a Ph.D. in Movement Science as an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for a career in academic research.

3. University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

The close working relationship between SHRS and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – as well as research labs and clinics across campus – provides students with unique access to internship and research opportunities.

University of Delaware Physical Therapy Department

4. University of Delaware Physical Therapy Department

Rated 4th in the U.S. for graduate-level physical therapy programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2009 (and 14th for 100 best values in public colleges in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine), the Physical Therapy Department at University of Delaware features several innovative programs. It has a highly successful interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Biomechanics and Movement Sciences and Clinical Fellowship Programs for practicing clinicians in sports, orthopedic and geriatric physical therapy. The academic component of the program is augmented by unprecedented practical experiences at five clinics connected to the campus.

St. Louis University Program in Physical Therapy

5. St. Louis University Program in Physical Therapy

With an average freshmen retention rate of 87%, a faculty-to-student ratio of 1:12, and an average high school GPA of 3.6 for incoming freshmen, St. Louis attracts an impressive student body for its physical therapy program. More than 50% of freshmen ACT test scores were 24-29, with more than 30% with SAT scores of 1000-1099.

US Army-Baylor University Texas

6. US Army-Baylor University Texas

The school’s well-respected Army-Baylor Doctoral Program in physical therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The school’s program in physical therapy education was created to meet the needs of the U.S. military during World War I.

University of Iowa Physical Therapy Graduate Program

7. University of Iowa Physical Therapy Graduate Program

The graduate program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science offers a novel learning environment in a leading medical education center. The Department of Rehabilitation Therapies (Physical Therapy Clinic) is a separate department in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and offers a graduate program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science as well as Doctor of Physical Therapy and Ph.D. program.

University of Miami

8. University of Miami at Coral Gables, Florida

The Department of Physical Therapy is located in the university’s prestigious Miller School of Medicine and offers two doctoral-level degrees. The first is a three-year, entry-level clinical doctoral degree, a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), and the second is an academic doctoral degree, a (Ph.D.) in Physical Therapy. Both the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS) accredits the physical therapy school.

University of Miami at Coral Gables, Florida

9. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Though it never scores at the top, UNC’s physical therapy program is constantly in the middle or bottom of nationwide top 10 lists of physical therapy schools in the U.S.

Duke University

10. Duke University

The Duke University School of Physical Therapy frequently ranks high on lists of top physical therapy programs (including a previous ranking of #3 among such programs, according to U.S. News and World Report) for its Doctor of Physical Therapy Program.
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Hosler March 14, 2011

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http://www.schools.com/news/physical-therapist-salary-amp-career-outlook.html

Physical Therapist Salary & Career Outlook

by Aimee Hosler | March 14, 2011


With the right training, becoming a physical therapist is an emotionally and financial rewarding venture offering solid employment potential.

Physical therapists help those with medical problems that limit their ability to move or perform basic functions, including illnesses, conditions, and injuries. Typically working in hospitals, outpatient clinics, or private offices, physical therapists:

Examine patients
Develop a treatment plan that would reduce pain while restoring function or movement
Oversee therapies, including exercises, functional training, or the use of adaptive devices.
Coordinate with other care workers to ensure total care.

Because of the sensitive nature of their work, physical therapists should be patient, nurturing, and have solid communication skills.

Physical Therapists Salary Trends

[2] Physical therapy can be a financially rewarding career. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median physical therapist salary in 2009 was $74,480, with the middle 50 percent earning between $63,370 and $87,940. Salaries for the top 10 percent exceeded $105,900. Advancing your education through continuing education courses (CECs) or becoming board certified in a clinical specialty can help you qualify for these higher earnings. Physical therapist training online can help you earn these credentials while maintaining full-time work.

According to the BLS, the most lucrative states for physical therapists are Alaska ($87,410), Maryland ($86,190), and Nevada ($85,360), while the highest paying metropolitan areas for physical therapists are Jackson, MI ($144,730); McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX ($111,790), and San Francisco, CA ($95,500).


According to data from the BLS and the Council for Community and Economic Research's 2009 Cost of Living Index, states with the highest salaries relative to cost of living include Texas, Illinois, and Louisiana, while some of the highest paying metropolitan areas relative to cost of living include Southern Illinois, Ann Arbor, MI, Durham, NC.


According to the BLS, the following industries boasted the highest physical therapist salary in 2009:


Management, scientific, and technical consulting services, $88,260

Home health care services, $83,500
Individual and family services, $80,390


Physical Therapist Training Requirements

The BLS reports that physical therapists must earn post-baccalaureate degrees from accredited programs. They must also be licensed, which involves passing the National Physical Therapy Examination and fulfilling additional state-specific requirements. Physical therapists must also enroll in continuing education courses to maintain employment, and those who hope to improve their salary and employment potential by earning board certification must undergo additional training.

While the nature of the profession mandates some hands-on training, you can typically complete some physical therapist training online through hybrid programs combining traditional and Web-based learning.

Career Forecast for Physical Therapists

[1] The future is bright for budding physical therapists. According to the BLS, physical therapist positions are expected to grow by an impressive 30 percent in the decade preceding 2018--much faster than the national average. A growing elderly population and medical advancements that improve life expectancy should contribute to this growth, as will the federally mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that guarantees students in need access to physical therapy while in school. Prospects should be best, however, for those who acquire the right training, which is why it' so important to choose the right physical therapist program for you, online or otherwise.

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anonymous g 2012

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http://www.physicaltherapyassociates.com/what-we-do

What We Do

"The Science of Healing, the Art of Caring."

[1]What does a physical therapist do?
Physical therapists help people with orthopedic conditions such as low back pain or osteoporosis; joint and soft tissue injuries such as fractures and dislocations; neurological conditions such as stroke and Parkinson's disease; workplace injuries including repetitive stress disorders and sports injuries.

The individual "hands on" approach used at PT Associates is valued by our patients. - Therapuetic exercise and functional training are the cornerstones of physical therapist's treatment. Physical therapists also work with clients to prevent loss of mobility by developing fitness and wellness oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.


What will happen at my first appointment?
Your physical therapist will do a thorough evaluation and examination of your condition. Range of motion, strength, pain, functional capacity and work status will all be evaluated. Based on these findings an individualized treatment plant will be established. This usually included "hands on" manual techniques, exercise instruction and education regarding how your body works.

What kind of education does a physical therapist have?
All physical therapists have at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited School of Physical Therapy. Depending on the year of graduation, you therapist may have a master's or doctorate of physical therapy. All therapists must also be licensed to practice in the state of Wisconsin.

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anonymous f 2012

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http://www.baylor.edu/graduate/pt/index.php?id=27028

Prospective Students
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The U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy is a quad service program. Students who are interested in becoming commissioned officers in the U.S. Army, Navy or Public Health Service may contact the Regional U.S. Army Health Care Recruiting Counselor in their geographical area. The points of contact for the each service are located under recruitment link in side bar menu.

•Prospective students for the January 2014 start must complete the application process and return all materials to their Healthcare Recruiting Counselor for their region not later than 1 December 2012 in order to be considered.
Top 10 Reasons why our program is your best choice for physical therapy education:

[2] •Top-ranked PT program! You will attend one of the top-ranked physical therapy programs in the United States. The U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy has a national reputation for excellence. The program was ranked fifth among all U.S. physical therapy schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2004.

[1] •You will receive a free education. Tuition and fees are paid by the uniformed services. In addition, we pay YOU! You will be paid to go to school! Students receive an average starting salary of approximately $41,000 per year while in school. You will also receive complete medical and dental coverage (FREE!!!). You start accruing 30 days of paid vacation per year beginning on the first day of the program. You will serve as a commissioned officer and physical therapist in the uniformed services upon graduation. You will incur an 81 month active duty service obligation upon beginning our program. The 27 months that you spend in our program will count toward your active duty obligation. Those of you who serve in the Air Force will incur a five year active duty service obligation from the time of graduation.

•Guaranteed job placement! You are guaranteed job placement after graduation, and are trained by the organization that you will work for.


•Stipends! Depending on your military service affiliation, you may receive additional stipends for books and research costs!

•Outstanding faculty-to-student ratio! You will enjoy one of the best faculty- to-student ratios found in any physical therapy school (9 full-time faculty for a maximum of 25 students per class). All nine of the core faculty members have doctoral degrees, and all 7 physical therapists on faculty are recognized as board-certified clinical specialists by the American Physical Therapy Association.

•Exceptional publication record! The majority of students publish their original research studies in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals, such as Physical Therapy, Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Spine, Electromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology, and Military Medicine, and present their research at state and national professional society meetings.

•Practice in a direct access setting! As a military therapist, you will practice in a direct access environment with more autonomy than in any civilian physical therapy setting. For example, you will be able to see patients without physician referral, to order x-ray and other imaging studies, and to prescribe from a limited list of medications.

•Excellent post-professional training opportunities! Therapists who elect to stay in the military upon completing their service obligations will have the opportunity to apply for fully-funded post-professional programs, such as advanced graduate degree (PhD, DScPT) and APTA-credentialed clinical residency programs in orthopedics and sportsmedicine.

[2] •Competitive retirement package! Therapists who elect to make a career of the military will receive the best retirement package available for 20 years of employment!
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anonymous b 2012

Created By: Daylen Gargalis
http://www.baylor.edu/graduate/pt/index.php?id=27029

Prerequisites

[1] Must Be a United States citizen. Service in the U.S. military is not an eligibility requirement for application to the program.
Must NOT be a graduate of a physical therapy program (U.S. or foreign), regardless of the level of degree conferred.
Must meet the medical fitness standards for appointment as a Reserve commissioned officer as prescribed by the Department of the Army, Navy, or Air Force.
Must be less than 42 ½ years of age on the date of appointment. Waivers are required for those over age 40.
Must possess a baccalaureate degree or be in the final semester prior to receiving a degree with satisfactory completion of the prerequisites listed below. Note: No more than two prerequisite courses may be remaining to complete at the time of the selection board.
Must complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)including the analytical writing portion. Applicants selected to attend our program must achieve a cumulative GRE score of 297 (new standard after November 2011) or 1000 (old standard prior to November 2011).
Must complete volunteer observation hours in a physical therapy clinic. It is recommended that the applicant complete a minimum of 100 observation hours in a variety of clinical practice settings.

Course Requirements and GPA Calculations

Please note that if an applicant retakes a course, both grades will be used in calculating their GPA. This applies to computing the overall GPA and required coursework GPA.
Computation of the overall GPA:

All undergraduate coursework is included in the calculation of the overall GPA. Any course that was retaken, but not reflected as dropped or withdrawn on the official transcript, must also be included in the computation of the overall GPA. Courses taken and withdrawn failing, yet not retaken are counted as an "F". Pass/fail courses are not included in the calculation. Prerequisite courses taken at the graduate level are not counted in the overall GPA. Pluses and minuses are not counted (ie. B+ does not = 3.5). In recent years, applicants selected to attend this program have had a mean overall GPA of 3.67 on a four point scale.
Computation of the required coursework GPA:

[2] There are eleven required prerequisite courses. ALL prerequisite courses must have been completed within ten years of the initial fall semester of the program (semester that the applicant would be beginning the physical therapy program). All Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology courses taken by an applicant will be factored into their prerequisite GPA. Non-credit military training will not be counted as prerequisite coursework. Our program does accept CLEP exams or Advanced Placement exams to fulfill prerequisites. Please note that applicants cannot CLEP out of laboratory courses. Quarter hours and class hours that denote single units (i.e. 1.25 or 1.0) must be converted to semester hours. In general, applicants must have three quarter hours of a course to be equivalent to two semester hours. For example, CHEM I/II/III on a quarter system would be equivalent to CHEM I/II on a semester system. In recent years, applicants selected to attend this program have had a mean prerequisite GPA of 3.67 on a four point scale.
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Ray 2012

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What Does a Physical Therapist Do?
By Linda Ray, eHow Contributor

[1]Physical therapists are health care providers who work with injured patients to help them become mobile again. They usually earn a master's degree in physical therapy and work in hospitals and physical therapy clinics. Physical therapists provide support and retraining for people with permanent and temporary disabilities and those recovering from surgery and heart attacks.

[2] Exercise

Physical therapists use exercise to treat mobility and flexibility problems. They teach patients how to continue with an exercise program at home.

Tools

Tools of the trade include mobility balls, weights, stationary bikes and treadmills. Physical therapists help patients regain endurance and strength with pulleys and elastic bands.

Tests


Physical therapists rely on the progress reports and monitoring provided by their patients' therapy treatments.

Electricity


Electric stimulation is used on stagnant muscles in patients who have had an accident or muscle injury.

Massage


Most physical therapists are proficient in deep tissue massage to improve circulation.

Teaching


In addition to teaching patients rehabilitative exercises, physical therapists instruct patients in the use of assistive devices such as crutches, walkers and prostheses.



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