Physical Therapy in California

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Schools Offering Physical Therapy Programs in California


Each year, approximately 0.1% of California graduates receive degrees in physical therapy. Thus, California's 16 physical therapy schools put out approximately 695 physical therapists each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in California with a physical therapy program is University of Southern California, which is located in Los Angeles. In 2010, it was ranked 7th nationwide. In 2010, University of Southern California graduated 104 students from its physical therapy program. Tuition at University of Southern California was $41,022 per year.

The second-ranked school in California with a physical therapy program is Chapman University, which is located in Orange. In 2010, it was ranked 28th nationwide. In 2010, Chapman University graduated 40 students from its physical therapy program. Tuition at Chapman University was $38,524 per year.

University of the Pacific, which was ranked 28th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in California that has a physical therapy program. It is located in Stockton. 35 students graduated with degree in physical therapy from University of the Pacific in 2010. Students at University of the Pacific paid $34,100 per year in tuition fees.

Cost

If you choose to attend a California physical therapy school, average tuition will be $13,841 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $4,810 per year to $41,022 per year. The California physical therapy schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $41,022 per year
  2. Chapman University - located in Orange, students are charged $38,524 per year
  3. University of the Pacific - located in Stockton, students are charged $34,100 per year

The following California physical therapy schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. California State University-Long Beach - located in Long Beach, students are charged $4,810 per year
  2. California State University-Fresno - located in Fresno, students are charged $4,879 per year
  3. San Francisco State University - located in San Francisco, students are charged $5,014 per year

A physical therapy degree from a California school... what next?

A large number of California physical therapy graduates become physical therapists. 14,860 physical therapists were working in California in 2010. The California counties with the largest populations of physical therapists are:

  1. Los Angeles County - 4,430 physical therapists
  2. Orange County - 1,710 physical therapists
  3. San Diego County - 1,170 physical therapists

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of physical therapists in California will grow by 28%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 19,700 physical therapists working in California.

Salary

On average, a physical therapist earns a salary of $84,600 per year in California state. In 2010, however, some California physical therapists earned as little as less than $50,920 per year or as much as more than $126,160 per year. The following counties in California have the highest average salaries for physical therapists:

  1. Madera County - $108,320 per year
  2. Stanislaus County - $92,160 per year
  3. Merced County - $91,640 per year

The following counties in California have the lowest average salaries for physical therapists:

  1. Lassen County - $73,870 per year
  2. Del Norte County - $76,270 per year
  3. San Luis Obispo County - $76,440 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional California statistics regarding a career in physical therapy and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as physical therapy assisting or sports medicine.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Master's Degree in Physical Therapy in California
  • Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy in California
  • Certificate in Physical Therapy in California

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,820 miles from location California State University-Long Beach Long Beach CA 40.6226 23% 35,557
7,833 miles from location California State University-Northridge Northridge CA 31.9561 27% 35,198
7,825 miles from location University of Southern California Los Angeles CA 92.8981 33% 34,824
7,963 miles from location San Francisco State University San Francisco CA 33.6948 18% 30,469
7,889 miles from location California State University-Sacramento Sacramento CA 30.4004 22% 29,241
7,844 miles from location California State University-Fresno Fresno CA 30.8192 28% 21,500
7,801 miles from location Azusa Pacific University Azusa CA 31.8299 39% 8,539
7,897 miles from location University of the Pacific Stockton CA 67.1147 14% 6,401
7,805 miles from location Chapman University Orange CA 72.3395 30% 6,398
7,768 miles from location Loma Linda University Loma Linda CA 0.491732 n/a 4,114
7,961 miles from location University of California-San Francisco San Francisco CA 0.372803 n/a 3,119
7,845 miles from location Fresno Pacific University Fresno CA 63.0214 69% 2,668
7,794 miles from location Western University of Health Sciences Pomona CA 0.318299 n/a 2,663
7,834 miles from location Mount St. Mary's College Los Angeles CA 33.5301 42% 2,482
7,950 miles from location Samuel Merritt University Oakland CA 22.6788 n/a 1,400
7,820 miles from location Advanced College South Gate CA 27.7997 n/a 207
 

Curious what studying Physical Therapy gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in California

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
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Physical Therapists + 14,860 $84,600 11.3%
 

Got your degree? Time to find a job!

Below are physical therapy related jobs in California