Results of a nationwide survey indicate the top reasons for choosing a physical therapy school include: cost, location, facilities and licensure pass rate. The URI Physical Therapy Program excels in each of these categories.
URI-PT tuition and fee totals are highly competitive, for both Rhode Island residents, as well as, residents of other states. We encourage applicants to explore and compare costs of PT education at URI to other schools in the region and nation. This, and other important information, can be found at www.apta.org/ProspectiveStudents/
While offering financial aid packages similar to other schools, URI-PT also offers a limited number of Graduate Assistantships. Graduate Assistantships are work experiences with stipend and/or partial tuition wavier that help offset the cost of education. We believe these positions to be quite rare for entry-level programs and value them for the financial support, as well as, the leadership opportunities they give students. Prospective students should consider the total net costs of their education and balance their expected debt load against their expected starting salary. URI-PT’s affordability is demonstrated in a comparative program analysis.
In 2009, SmartMoney, published by the Wall Street Journal, ranked URI 1st in New England, and 15th nationwide on the ability to deliver the best return on investment
URI is located in beautiful southern Rhode Island, 15 minutes from some of the most scenic beaches in the country. Our building overlooks athletic fields, tennis courts, and a horse farm. We are 35 minutes away from Providence, 90 minutes from Boston and less than 3 hours from New York City. An Amtrak station is located just one mile from campus and TF Green airport is a short 40-minute drive. Location, location, location is the saying: URI has it all.
Our facilities are state-of-the-art and first rate. Classes are held in the Independence Square building, constructed in 1991. The Physical Therapy space was designed to maximize functionality for classroom, laboratory and research purposes. Our facilities are described more fully in the Clinics section of our website.
Licensure Passing Rate
Graduates of URI’s DPT program demonstrate great success in passing the licensure exam as evidenced by passing rates consistently above national averages.
In 2012, 87% of those students originally admitted to the class of 2012 graduated from the program. The program has a 90% first time pass rate on the national exam and a 100% pass rate overall. Based on graduate surveys, 100% of graduates wishing to be employed are.
The Physical Therapy Department at URI participates in the Physical Therapist Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). Applicants for the 2014 entering class can apply online using the PTCAS Web application, beginning in July 2013. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit www.ptcas.org.
Interviews for the 2014 entering class will be held on January 3 and 4, 2014. Interviews are by invitation only.