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Press Release for Friday, October 9, 2015

UNF Physical Therapy Graduate Program Ranks No. 1

October 9, 2015
Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida’s Physical Therapy Graduate Program is the best physical therapy graduate program in the country, according to, an online graduate school resource for prospective graduate students of all ages. This is the second consecutive time the program has received this honor.

UNF ranked No. 1 in the Top 25 Physical Therapy Graduate Program fall 2015 rankings and was one of only two Florida state universities listed in the ranking. The University of Central Florida was ranked No. 7.

“This No. 1 ranking by shows that our students in the Physical Therapy Graduate Program feel they are gaining the knowledge and the skills to become generalist practitioners of the highest caliber,” said Dr. Pam Chally, dean of the Brooks College of Health. “We’re delighted and honored that UNF students appreciate the quality of their education.”

Program rankings, compiled using data gathered between Sept. 1, 2012, and September 30, encompass reviews posted by more than 70,000 students participating in more than 1,600 graduate programs nationwide.

“The program has excellent, knowledgeable professors and feels like a big family. It also offers great clinical opportunities, small class sizes and challenging curriculum,” said a physical therapy graduate student currently enrolled in the program. assigns 15 ranking categories to each graduate program at each graduate school. Rankings cover a variety of student topics such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and quality of network.

For a given graduate program, rankings are determined by calculating the average score for each program based on the 15 ranking categories. These scores are then compared across all ranked schools for that program and are translated into a final ranking for that specific graduate program.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is a post-baccalaureate entry-level degree conferred upon successful completion of an entry-level professional education program. The DPT is a professional clinical doctorate that prepares the graduate to practice physical therapy. The three-year program at UNF gives students in-depth knowledge of the basic and clinical sciences relevant to physical therapy and prepares students to understand, correlate and apply theoretical foundations of knowledge to the practice of physical therapy.

This latest recognition is on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including 2015 Best Online Nursing School by Affordable Colleges Foundation, Best Regional University and Best Online Programs, both by U.S. News & World Report, Best in the Southeast and Best Value College, both by Princeton Review and Best Value Public College by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, to name a few.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.