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How To Decide Which PT School to Attend

If you are accepted to more than one physical therapy program, it can be challenging to choose which one to attend. Although there are plenty of articles to help make it easier for you to decide, the decision is still not an easy one to make.

You can create a pro-con list to help you decide which program will be the best fit for you. It may be helpful to reorder the list into what aspects of PT schools are most important to you.

  • Tuition
  • Cost of Living
  • Location
  • Graduation Rate
  • NPTE Pass Rate
  • Accreditation Status
  • Private/Public
  • Program Length
  • Class Size
  • Faculty – Number, Experience, Specialties
  • Student/Professor Ratio
  • Teaching Approach (Traditional, Problem Based Learning…)
  • Clinical Education
  • Research Opportunities
  • Electives
  • Community Outreach
  • International Programs
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Teaching Assistant Positions
  • Nice Facilities/Technology
  • Is there a cadaver lab? How many students per group?
  • Campus environment
  • On-site PT Clinic?

Other Resources:

How to Decide Where to Apply

You can search for specific programs on the SDN Physical Therapy Forum.

Which Physical Therapy School Should I Choose?

How to Choose the Right School

What were your top factors for deciding on which PT schools to apply to? Is there anything that I can add to the list? Please share below!

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