University of Pittsburgh
March 16, 2016

Pitt Physical Therapy Ties for First in Latest U.S. News & World Report Graduate School Rankings


Joe Miksch


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PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh’s doctoral program in physical therapy tied for first in the nation in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools. Many other Pitt health sciences programs moved up the rankings in the new guide, which will be available on newsstands April 5.

Pitt’s doctoral programs in audiology tied for 7th, moving up one spot from the previous edition; in pharmacy tied for 9th, up from 14th; and in clinical psychology tied for 11th, up from 18th. Doctoral programs in nursing practice were ranked for the first time in the guide, and Pitt’s School of Nursing tied for the 8th spot.

Master’s and doctoral programs in occupational therapy tied for 4th place, up from 6th; in nurse anesthesia tied for 4th place; and public health ranked 13th, which was its previous rank. Master’s programs in speech-language pathology tied for 7th, up from 8th; in social work tied for 10th, up from 11th; and in nursing tied for 13th. The nursing school ranked 4th in the clinical nurse leader specialty and 5th in the nurse practitioner: adult/gerontology, acute care specialty.

Among medical schools, Pitt School of Medicine tied for 11th in the primary care category and ranked 16th in the research category. Deans and senior faculty from around the country selected Pitt medical school’s programs as among the best in pediatrics (no. 9) and women’s health (no. 5).

Complete rankings and information about the process can be found online in the U.S. News Grad Compass.


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The University of Pittsburgh schools of the health sciences include the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dental Medicine, Pharmacy, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the Graduate School of Public Health. The schools serve as the academic partner to UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center). Together, their combined mission is to train tomorrow’s health care specialists and biomedical scientists, engage in groundbreaking research that will advance understanding of the causes and treatments of disease, and participate in the delivery of outstanding patient care. Since 1998, Pitt and its affiliated university faculty have ranked among the top 10 educational institutions in grant support from the National Institutes of Health. For additional information about the schools of the health sciences, please visit