The Georgia State University Byrdine F. Lewis College of Nursing and Health Profession’s doctor of physical therapy (D.P.T.) program has been ranked No. 71 for 2021 by U.S. News & World Report and ranked No. 2 among physical therapy programs in the state of Georgia. This ranking marks a significant increase since the 2016 data when the program ranked 136 nationally. The national rankings are based solely on results of peer assessment of surveys sent to the dean, other administrators and faculty at accredited degree programs or schools.
“This is an excellent recognition of our faculty, staff, students and alumni, who work extremely well together as a team. Our faculty and staff worked hard, and they are being recognized for their dedication and commitment. The department continues to graduate Doctor of Physical Therapy professionals who are committed to clinical excellence, professional distinction and the pursuit of scholarly activities,” said Dr. Sujay Galen, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy.
“Over the past ten years, several outstanding faculty joined the program, and this has resulted in a significant jump in ranking taking us right to the top in the state and moving into the top 100 nationally,” says Dr. Jake Irwin, assistant professor of physical therapy.
The program, which is the oldest PT program in Georgia, recently accepted 44 new D.P.T. students to begin summer 2020 from a pool of 630 applicants. Georgia State has graduated more than 1,565 PTs, and their 2019 graduates achieved a 100% percent pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) and a 100% employment following graduation. In spring 2019, two Class of 2019 D.P.T. graduates attained the unique goal of making the highest possible score (800 out of 800) on the NPTE.
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