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Best Physical Therapy Programs

Physical therapists generally move into their careers having completed a masters' degree or a doctorate in the field. It is a rapidly growing field; the US Department of Labor projects that the profession will grow by 30% between 2008 and 2018. A large part of this growth is due to people among the aging population that will require therapy for recovery from surgery or debilitating conditions.

There is also a growing need for physical therapists at Veterans Administration medical facilities across the country. The facility at Baylor is a joint effort by the U.S. Army and the University to train Army medical personnel in physical therapy.

The educational program is a two and a half to three year program. Once again according to the Department of Labor, in 2009 of the 212 institutions currently accredited for physical therapist training - 12 awarded master's degrees; and 200 awarded doctoral degrees. A substantial number of people with previous medical experience and training have moved into the field in recent years as it has become an increasingly important medical service.

1.University of Southern California
2.University of Pittsburgh
3.Washington University in St. Louis
4.University of Delaware
5.U.S. Army/Baylor University
6.University of Iowa
7.Arcadia University
8.Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions
9.Northwestern University
10.University of Miami/Florida
11.Emory University
12.University of North Carolina
13.San Francisco State University
14.New York University
15.University of Florida
16.University of Illinois/Chicago
17.University of Maryland/Baltimore
18.Creighton University
19.Marquette University
20.Ohio State University

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