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April 11, 2024

The Ohio State University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS) is proud to announce that our clinical doctorate programs in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as Best Graduate Schools in their respective fields.

In the new 2024-25 Best Graduate Schools rankings, the Ohio State Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program advanced to #8 (up from #9) while the Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program jumped to #11 (up from #13) in the nation, reaffirming their reputation for excellence.

“We are thrilled to receive this recognition from U.S. News & World Report and appreciate the support of our academic peers who acknowledged our leadership, academic quality and program rigor,” said Amy Darragh, PhD, OTR/L, school director and professor. “Our faculty are well known on the national level in their respective disciplines as leaders in research, professional service and educational scholarship; and our learners who collaborate with them every day are making their own marks on their respective professions.”

Ohio State Physical Therapy ranked #8 out of 245 doctoral programs in physical therapy accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

“Ohio State is humbled to be recognized among the nation’s leading physical therapy programs,” said John Buford, PT, PhD, professor and director, Division of Physical Therapy. “Our students, faculty, staff and clinical partners strive for excellence every day. We are grateful that we continue to be recognized for these efforts.”

Ohio State Occupational Therapy ranked #11 out of 263 doctoral and master's degree programs in occupational therapy accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education.

“We’re proud to be recognized as one of the top programs in the nation and that others see our continued efforts as we prepare the next generation of occupational therapists,” said Carmen DiGiovine, PhD, ATP/SMS, clinical professor and director, Division of Occupational Therapy. “Our graduates are well-prepared to make a difference in patients’ lives and this ranking reaffirms our commitment to excellence in preparing learners for the future and emphasizes the quality of our program,” stated Erika Kemp, OTD, OTR/L, associate clinical professor and Occupational Therapy program director.