July 15, 2016: Clarke University’s Physical Therapy program ranked No. 19 in the country in a
survey done by graduateprograms.com. Clarke was the only school in Iowa ranked
among the top 40 programs in the U.S.
The website ranks the best graduate school programs in the
country in a wide variety of subjects, based on student surveys.
Clarke scored highest in the “Satisfaction with Degree”
category with a perfect score of 5.0. Other high scores for Clarke were 4.65 in
“Career Advising,” 4.6 in “Quality of Instruction,” and 4.4 in “Campus Safety.”
One student wrote, “My teachers are
great and they are always available to students. The professors are very
knowledgeable about what they teach and I always feel like I have learned a lot
when a semester comes to an end. They are constantly looking for new ways to
prepare students for their careers and want each student to be successful. ”
Bill O’Dell, chair of the Clarke
Physical Therapy Department, said real world professional experiences help make
Clarke’s program successful.
“The Clarke physical therapy
faculty strive to make each student’s learning experience successful by
offering a variety of classroom and clinical activities,” O’Dell said. “The
students are engaged in hands-on experiences starting in their second semester
by participation in our Clinical Practicum where students treat patients from
the Dubuque Community. The quality of the Clarke PT program is also greatly
enhanced by the partnership with over 600 clinical sites in Dubuque and across
the country. These dedicated clinicians help our students bridge the gap from
the classroom to clinical practice. It is nice to see the hard work of the
Clarke faculty and clinical instructors be recognized in this manner.”
According to its website, the goal of graduateprograms.com
in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy
method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. Together with
internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of
student reviews submitted to the graduateprograms.com site, the data used in
the school listings were gathered in 2015-2016 from the National Center for
Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for
gathering and presenting data related to education.
For more information, contact the
Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.