Physical Therapy Program Ranks Best in State

News Story:

U.S. News and World Report lists Sacred Heart University's Physical Therapy program as the best in Connecticut. The report also ranks the program among the best in the country.

In the magazine's "Best Graduate Schools 2009," SHU ranked 52nd nationally, placing it as one of the top 5 programs in New England, along with Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston University, the University of Vermont and Simmons College.  As the top program in Connecticut, Sacred Heart has been a regional and national leader in the field having introduced the first doctoral program in Connecticut in 2004.

"I am very pleased to be recognized by our peer institutions as a leading physical therapy program in the northeast and ranked among the top 25 percent of programs nationally," said Dr. Michael Emery, professor and director of the Physical Therapy Program. "As the former chairman of the American Physical Therapy Association's  Commission on Accreditation of Physical Therapy Education, I fully recognize that this ranking acknowledges the wonderful contribution to the field of physical therapy by our faculty, alumni and currently enrolled students."

This recent ranking follows a year filled with recognition of the school’s excellence. In the 2008 edition of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, SHU ranked among the best master's universities in the North. SHU was also included in the Princeton Review's "Best 366 Colleges: 2008." In addition, the University's John F. Welch College of Business earned its share of accolades last year with its inclusion in the Princeton Review’s 2008 "Best 290 Business Schools."

The Physical Therapy Department is part of the College of Education and Health Professions, along with programs in occupational therapy, exercise science, athletic training, nursing and geriatric health and wellness.  These programs position Sacred Heart as a leader in health science education amongst the Catholic colleges and universities within the Northeast.