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Press Release for Thursday, April 30, 2015

UNF Physical Therapy Graduate Program Ranks No. 1

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.

UNF ranked No. 1 in the Top 25 Physical Therapy Graduate Program rankings and was one of only two Florida state universities listed in the ranking. The University of Central Florida was ranked No. 11.

“I am very proud of this No. 1 ranking by, an organization that allows students to rate and review their program,” said Dr. Pam Chally, dean of the Brooks College of Health at UNF. “We are delighted and honored that students at UNF appreciate the quality of their education.”

Program rankings, compiled using data gathered between Sept. 1, 2012, and March 31, encompass reviews posted by more than 70,000 students participating in over 1,600 graduate programs nationwide.

“The physical therapy program at UNF is competitive and challenging, yet gives off a very welcoming vibe,” said a physical therapy graduate student currently enrolled in the program. “All the professors are willing to help students in anything they need and are willing to take time out of their days to assist in any way possible.” 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 comes on the heels of UNF receiving several other national designations, including 2015 Best Online Nursing School by Affordable Colleges Foundation, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s 2015 Best Value Public College, the 2015 Best Online College by the Affordable Colleges Foundation, Best Regional University, 2015 Best Online Programs and Best Online Graduate Education Program, all by U.S. News& World Report, Best in the Southeast and Best Value College, both by Princeton Review, Best College by College Factual and Top Florida College for Return on Investment by The College Database, 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.