The University of Delaware’s Department of Physical Therapy was once again named the top physical therapy graduate program in the nation in the latest edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Graduate Schools. The University of Pittsburgh and Washington University in St. Louis also received top honors. 

“None of this would be possible without our amazing faculty and staff who work tirelessly every day to deliver exceptional education, cutting-edge research and outstanding clinical care,” said Department Chair Darcy Reisman. “Along with our amazing students, who arrive every day ready to learn and carry on the UD PT legacy into the clinical community. I am so grateful for each and every one of you and what you bring to UD PT.”

Unique to the UD program, every single graduate student works in the Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic, an in-house operation located at the STAR Health Sciences Complex.  Over the course of a year, the clinic amasses 25,000 visits from patients, the majority of whom live in Delaware. UD doctoral students complete clinical rotations under the guidance of board-certified clinicians, providing them with an unusual amount of experience working with patients, vetting them before they ever take on an externship. The clinic includes specialists in the areas of sports, orthopedics, geriatric, neurologic and pediatric physical therapy. 

The research portfolio in the physical therapy program is one of the strongest in the nation and informs not only the top notch education in the classroom but the practice of physical therapy nationally and internationally. Students are given training on best evidence practice and taught to be consumers of the literature to compete in the ever expanding knowledge arena of evidence based practice. They are given the knowledge and skills necessary to work at the top of their license and compete for the best opportunities the field has to offer.

The U.S. News and World Report rankings are determined by peers, with more than 200 graduate PT programs ranked across the country. 

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