Top 10 Online Doctoral Programs in Physical Therapy 2016

Top-10-Online-Doctoral-Programs-in-Physical-Therapy-2016Our list of the Top 10 Online Doctoral Programs in Physical Therapy is a broad ranking which takes into account accreditation and general reputation. With the increased presence and acceptance of online Ph.D. programs throughout the U.S., prestigious institutions and many state schools are now offering online degrees with more frequency. The doctoral degree in Physical Therapy has become one of the most popular online doctoral degrees offered throughout the country. With many emphases being offered at various institutions, it may be difficult to find a degree that suits a students’ purposes. This list provides a list based on reputation that we hope will help guide decisions in picking a top tier school. The schools that made the list were accredited, were non-profit, and most had some level of name recognition.

In constructing the list, a number of sites were used for research including U.S. News and World Report, The National Center for Education Statistics, and The Guide to Online Schools.

1. University of North Carolina – Chapel HillUniversity_of_North_Carolina_at_Chapel_Hill_logo

UNC Chapel Hill offers a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, providing a way for licensed physical therapists who are seeking additional knowledge in their field. The program encourages Physical Therapists who hope to teach in their field to apply. UNC Chapel Hill is listed at #3 in our Top 50 Schools Offering Online PhD Programs 2015-2016 list. Further, U.S. News and World Report ranks UNC Chapel Hill at #30 nationally and their physical therapy programs at #9 in the nation. In-state tuition is $761.42 per credit hour and out-of-state tuition is $1,604.42. UNC Chapel Hill is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

2. Temple Universitytemple

Temple University’s transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree allows students to set up their own sequence of classes and work at their own pace over the course of 24 credits. Temple is listed at #19 in our Top 50 Schools Offering Online PhD Programs 2015-2016 list. Further, U.S. News and World Report ranks Temple at #115 nationally with their physical therapy programs being ranked at #44 in the nation. In state tuition is $881 per credit hour with out-of-state tuition at $1,212 per credit hour. The department in which the Physical Therapy major is house is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and Temple is broadly accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

3. Northeastern Universitynortheastern-university-logo

Northeastern University’s transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy provides various courses in differential diagnosis and medical screening, diagnostic imaging, pharmacology, nutrition, and motor control, as well as techniques for case analysis and statistical research. U.S. News and World Report ranks Northeastern at #47 nationally and ranks the Physical Therapy programs at #44. Tuition is $615 per credit hour no matter one’s residency. Northeastern University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

4. University of South Dakotauniversity-of-south-dakota_416x416

University of South Dakota’s transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a five semester, 25 credit hour, online professional degree. The program was designed to parallel the American Physical Therapy Association’s Preferred Curricular Model for the Transitional Clinical Doctoral Program and Learner, as well as their Transitional Clinical Doctorate Competencies Document. U.S. News and World Report ranks USD at #180 nationally and ranks the Physical Therapy programs at #99. Further, USD ranks at #28 in our Top 50 Schools Offering Online PhD Programs 2015-2016 list. Graduate tuition is $431.25 per credit hour for all students. USD is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

5. University of Michigan – FlintMichigan Flint

University of Michigan – Flint’s transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree seeks to prepare faculty to teach, do research, and to be mentors in their field. There are also four different emphases in the program: Specialization/Advanced Practice in Orthopedics, Neurology, Pediatrics, or Geriatrics. U.S. News and World Report ranks UM – Flint at #99 regionally and the physical therapy programs at #99 in the nation. In-state tuition is $530.75 per credit hour while out-of-state tuition is $795.50 per credit hour. University of Michigan-Flint is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

6. Wayne State UniversityWayne State

Wayne State University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program is 10 semesters of full time work over 3.5 years. The courses are regimented into a sequence each student must follow. We rank Wayne State University at #48 in our Top 50 Schools Offering Online PhD Programs 2015-2016 list. U.S. News and World Report ranks WSU’s physical therapy programs at #121 in the nation. In-state tuition is $590.20 per credit hour and out-of-state tuition is $1,278.40 per credit hour. Wayne State University has been accredited by the (HLC) Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

7. Utica CollegeUtica

Utica College offers a hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Utica is a private, non-profit institution located in New York. Most of the Physical Therapy degree is taken online while there is one mandatory on campus residency. U.S. News and World Report ranks Utica College at #116 regionally and the physical therapy programs at #121 nationally. Tuition is $775 per credit hour no matter one’s residence status. Utica College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

8. East Tennessee State UniversityEast Tennessee State

East Tennessee State University offers a transitional post-professional online Doctor of Physical Therapy. U.S. News and World Report ranks East Tennessee State University’s physical therapy programs at #154 nationally. Further, we rank ETSU at #42 in our Top 50 Schools Offering Online PhD Programs 2015-2016 list. In-state tuition is $527 per credit hour while out-of-state tuition is $738 per credit hour. East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by the Commission On Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

9. Des Moines UniversityDMU logo

Des Moines University offers an online Post-Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. The program is 24 credits over the course of a year, extending the practicing physical therapist’s education while they are still in the field. Course order is flexible, giving students the a means to follow their own program needs. Tuition is $580 per credit unit no matter one’s residency. DMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

10. Texas Tech Universitytech

Texas Tech University offers a transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. U.S. News and World Report ranks TT overall at 168th in the nation. Further, we have ranked TT at #25 in our Top 50 Schools Offering Online PhD Programs 2015-2016 list. In terms of tuition, Texas Tech offers the best value among those in this list with in-state tuition being $237 per credit hour and out-of-state tuition being $420 per credit hour. Texas Tech University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.