Recently, we posted this list of the top physical therapy schools, as selected by US News and World Report. The magazine ranked the schools based on surveys sent to deans and other high ranking university officials. The sole criteria was "the academic quality of a program."
Given the vast number of physical therapy programs out there, chances are most PTs did not graduate from one of the top ten. But does that matter? It's interesting that the list was purely focused on academics and did not include student or alumni input. As anyone who's gone to college can tell you, academic excellence is just one piece of the pie. Location, affordability, internship opportunities, retention rates, courses offered, even the visual appeal of a campus all factor into deciding where to spend education dollars.
Yet there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to education. The opportunity to study under a renowed professor may matter highly to applicant A while the chance to live and study in a new part of the country may matter highly to applicant B. Physical therapy school is three years of someone's life. Most physical therapists probably weighed the pros and cons of multiple universities before picking the one that's the right fit for them.
What factors did you consider when chosing a PT school? Were you happy with your decision?