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How will your physical therapy education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a physical therapy degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. There are 260 traditional physical therapy schools in the US.

Top Schools

The following schools that have physical therapy programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York
  2. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California
  3. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, Illinois

Student Demographics

In the US, 9,593 students graduated from physical therapy programs in 2010. Of these students, 29 received certifications in physical therapy, 635 received an undergraduate degree in physical therapy, and 8,929 received a graduate-level degree in physical therapy.


Students can pursue education in physical therapy at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Physical Therapy
  • Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy
  • Master's Degree in Physical Therapy
  • Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy
  • Certificate in Physical Therapy

During the course of their physical therapy education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Sports Therapy
  • Neuroscience
  • Critical Thinking
  • Kinesiology


The average tuition at physical therapy schools around the nation was $20,627 per year in 2010. The physical therapy schools that charged students the highest tuition rates were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. University of Southern California - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $39,183

The following physical therapy schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. East Carolina University - located in Greenville, North Carolina, students paid $4,477
  2. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  3. Florida International University - located in Miami, Florida, students paid $4,580

How will your physical therapy job compare?

Physical therapist is the profession of choice for a large number of physical therapy graduates. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 180,280 physical therapists working in the US in 2010. The states with the largest populations of physical therapists are:

  1. California - 14,860 Physical Therapists
  2. New York - 13,740 Physical Therapists
  3. Texas - 11,870 Physical Therapists

Projected Growth

Over the next few years, the government projects the growth for physical therapists to be the fastest in these states:

  1. Utah - 48%
  2. Texas - 36%
  3. Georgia - 35%


In the US, a physical therapist earns on average $72,257 per year. However, the salary for a physical therapist can greatly vary based on factors such as professional associations and certifications, seniority or your boss. A physical therapist in the US can earn anywhere from less than $16,990 per year to more than $160,900 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for a physical therapist:

  1. Alaska - $92,720 per year
  2. New Jersey - $87,270 per year
  3. Texas - $86,390 per year

Physical therapists in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. North Dakota - $62,490 per year
  2. Montana - $67,140 per year
  3. Vermont - $67,430 per year

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physical therapy?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Physical Therapists 180,280 $77,990 19.2%