Best PT, OT, & SLP Schools in the US – 2011

Looking for a promising, high salary career that can offer you a flexible position and will have you feeling good about yourself at the end of each day? Then Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-Language Therapy should be a consideration for a career path. If you must have a passion for helping people in their greatest time of need, check out our list of top programs in the United States.  These rankings have been aggregated from many different lists across the web in an effort to select some of the top programs from each major discipline of rehabilitation. In most cases, the rankings are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline.

Physical Therapy

Helping someone achieve (or get back) the ability to painlessly move in every aspect of life is one of the guiding principals of physical therapy. It’s also one of the most rewarding aspects of being a physical therapist. To become a physical therapist, students must first master many different science competencies including biomechanics, neuroscience, exercise physiology, and anatomy. These are the top physical therapy schools:

  1. University of Southern California
  2. University of Pittsburgh
  3. Washington University in St Louis
  4. University of Delaware
  5. US Army – Baylor University

Occupational Therapy

If you live to give and would like to help patients who have disabling conditions that prevent them from performing routine tasks, occupational therapy provide patients of all ages with therapeutic responses to physical ailments. Occupational Therapists may work with injured patients, disabled children, and aging adults. These are the top occupational therapy schools:

  1. University of Southern California
  2. University of Illinois – Chicago
  3. Tufts University – Boston School of Occupational Therapy
  4. Boston University
  5. University of Florida

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-language pathology is a competitive field for those who wish to help people with communication disorders, swallowing difficulties, voice pitch problems, and more. These are the top speech-language pathology programs:

  1. University of Iowa
  2. Northwestern University
  3. Purdue University West Lafayette
  4. University of Wisconsin Madison
  5. University of Arizona

If you have just graduated or are a seasoned rehab professional looking for a new role in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech-Language Pathology, reach out to our Strategic Search Consultants today and they will be able to show you what is available.

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