Four graduate programs in the College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) have earned national recognition within the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.
“We in the College of Health Sciences and Professions make it our mission to provide the strongest possible education for future health professionals. These rankings are the result of the strong commitment and hard work of the faculty, staff and students in our programs,” said Dean Randy Leite. “I am pleased their efforts and the quality of our programs are being recognized.”
OHIO’s Physical Therapy program ranks in the top 25 percent of sister programs in the nation and is second within the state of Ohio.
“It is also important to note that the OHIO Physical Therapy graduates score higher than the national average on most sections of the National Physical Therapy Examination with first time pass rates equivalent to the top 5 percent of programs but at a fraction of the cost,” said Gary Chelboun, professor and director of CHSP’s Division of Physical Therapy. “OHIO PT continues to be the most affordable physical therapy program in Ohio.”
The Speech-Language Pathology program’s U.S. News ranking placed it in the top 16 percent of 286 programs nationwide and the Audiology program is 46th among 80 programs.
“These strong rankings reflect the excellence in the academic preparation students receive. Our academic faculty (not graduate students) teach all of the didactic courses, with students receiving important and career-shaping individual attention,” said Jim Montgomery, professor and associate director of CHSP’s Division of Communication Sciences & Disorders. “The high rankings also are a reflection of the outstanding clinical preparation our students receive. Clinical faculty provide students with all-important individualized attention during their onsite clinical training, which prepares them very well to accept external clinical placements in a variety of clinical settings across the country.”
Terry Cluse-Tolar, program director for the Master of Social Work program, said she is proud of what the program has been able to accomplish with its ranking, adding that the social work program’s online offerings have helped to expand its reach nationwide.
Cluse-Tolar noted that the program’s focus on rural efficiencies help to make it one of the top three programs in the state.
In recent years, CHSP’s programs have been no stranger to national recognition as the School of Nursing’s Online RN to BSN program was also listed as the eighth-best value in the country by Best Value Schools in 2019.