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Doctor’s Degrees in Physical Therapy/Therapist

12,277 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
A doctor's degree in physical therapy is offered at 246 colleges in the United States. This degree is more popular with female students, and about 21% of recent graduates were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 3.3% of physical therapy graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Physical Therapy Majors

In 2018-2019, 12,277 doctor's degrees were awarded to physical therapy majors. This makes it the 3rd most popular doctor's degree program in the country.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in physical therapy at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Doctor’s Degree 12,277
Bachelor’s Degree 385
Associate’s Degree 95
Master’s Degree 54
Graduate Certificate 54

Earnings of Physical Therapy Majors With Doctor’s Degrees

At this time, we do not have the data to estimate the median earnings for this class of people.

Student Debt

We do not have the data to estimate the median debt for this class of people.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their doctor's degree in physical therapy. About 62.2% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 4,637
Women 7,640
Gender Diversity of Doctor's Degrees in Physical Therapy

The racial-ethnic distribution of physical therapy doctor’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,178
Black or African American 351
Hispanic or Latino 780
White 8,391
International Students 403
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,174
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Physical Therapy Doctor's Degree Students

There are 246 colleges that offer a doctor’s degree in physical therapy. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

508 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
36% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The most popular school in the United States for physical therapy students seekinga doctor's degree is University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Each year, around 4,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 508 doctor's degrees were handed out to physical therapy majors at USAHS. Of these students, 55% were women and 36% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#2

Arcadia University

Glenside, Pennsylvania
308 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for physical therapy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Arcadia University. Roughly 3,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $43,740 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $28,683 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 308 people received their doctor's degree in physical therapy from Arcadia. Around 30% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

#3

Utica College

Utica, New York
248 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 3rd most popular school in the country for physical therapy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Utica College. Roughly 4,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $21,560 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,480 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 248 doctor's degrees were handed out to physical therapy majors at Utica College. About 62% of this group were women, and 52% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#4

The University of Montana

Missoula, Montana
233 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The University of Montana comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in physical therapy. Roughly 10,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,352 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,716 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 233 doctor's degrees were handed out to physical therapy majors at UM. Around 44% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 70% were women.

221 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
31% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

A T Still University of Health Sciences is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in physical therapy. Roughly 3,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 221 doctor's degrees were handed out to physical therapy majors at A T Still University of Health Sciences. About 52% of this group were women, and 31% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota
162 Yearly Graduations
73% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The College of Saint Scholastica is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in physical therapy. Each year, around 3,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $37,622 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $13,986 per year.

The physical therapy program at The College of Saint Scholastica awarded 162 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 73% of this group were women, and 33% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#7

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
126 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Nova Southeastern University is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in physical therapy. Each year, around 20,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,150 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $19,665 per year.

The physical therapy program at Nova Southeastern University awarded 126 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 35% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 62% were women.

#8

Loma Linda University

Loma Linda, California
121 Yearly Graduations
60% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Loma Linda University is the 8th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in physical therapy. Roughly 4,400 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,680 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $26,880 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 121 people received their doctor's degree in physical therapy from Loma Linda University. Around 37% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 60% were women.

#9

Touro College

New York, New York
120 Yearly Graduations
53% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for physical therapy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Touro College. Each year, around 11,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $18,038 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $12,240 per year.

The physical therapy program at Touro College awarded 120 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 53% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Dominican College of Blauvelt

Orangeburg, New York
109 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Dominican College of Blauvelt is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in physical therapy. Roughly 1,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $28,984 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $17,208 per year.

The physical therapy program at Dominican College of Blauvelt awarded 109 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 58% were women and 46% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
104 Yearly Graduations
57% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Southern California is the 11th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in physical therapy. Roughly 48,300 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $57,256 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $46,272 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 104 people received their doctor's degree in physical therapy from USC. Around 47% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 57% were women.

103 Yearly Graduations
62% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center comes in at #12 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in physical therapy. Roughly 5,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,417 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,168 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 103 doctor's degrees were handed out to physical therapy majors at TTUHSC. Of these students, 62% were women and 28% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#13

Texas Woman's University

Denton, Texas
102 Yearly Graduations
68% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Texas Woman's University is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in physical therapy. Roughly 15,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,430 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,973 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 102 people received their doctor's degree in physical therapy from TWU. Around 34% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 68% were women.

#14

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts
97 Yearly Graduations
75% Women
15% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 14th most popular school in the country for physical therapy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Northeastern University. Each year, around 22,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $52,420 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $24,793 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 97 doctor's degrees were handed out to physical therapy majors at Northeastern. Of these students, 75% were women and 15% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
93 Yearly Graduations
81% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northwestern University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering doctor's degrees in physical therapy. Each year, around 22,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $56,232 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $56,067 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 93 doctor's degrees were handed out to physical therapy majors at Northwestern. Of these students, 81% were women and 22% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#16

Chapman University

Orange, California
89 Yearly Graduations
56% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for physical therapy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Chapman University. Each year, around 9,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,540 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $34,957 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 89 doctor's degrees were handed out to physical therapy majors at Chapman. About 56% of this group were women, and 53% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

South College

Knoxville, Tennessee
88 Yearly Graduations
55% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for physical therapy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is South College. Roughly 2,800 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $16,500 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $27,025 per year.

The physical therapy program at South College awarded 88 doctor's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 55% were women.

#18

Franklin Pierce University

Rindge, New Hampshire
87 Yearly Graduations
52% Women
7% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for physical therapy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Franklin Pierce University. Roughly 2,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $35,900 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $16,000 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 87 doctor's degrees were handed out to physical therapy majors at Franklin Pierce. Around 7% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 52% were women.

#18

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
87 Yearly Graduations
66% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Washington University in St Louis is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking a doctor's degree in physical therapy. Each year, around 16,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $54,250 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $54,250 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 87 doctor's degrees were handed out to physical therapy majors at WUSTL. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 66% were women.

#20

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia
86 Yearly Graduations
70% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 20th most popular school in the country for physical therapy majors who are seeking their doctor's degree is Shenandoah University. Roughly 3,700 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $31,890 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $21,400 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 86 people received their doctor's degree in physical therapy from Shenandoah. Of these students, 70% were women and 16% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to physical therapy that offer doctor’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Occupational Therapy 1,138
Rehabilitation Science 54
Other Rehabilitation Professions 35
Rehabilitation Counseling 20
Art Therapy 7

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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