March 17, 2016

St. Kate's OT and PT programs jump in US News graduate school rankings

Students gain experience in basic patient/client management under the supervision of a physical therapist/clinical instructor during the Integrated Clinical Education course. Photo ByRebecca Studios LLC.

St. Catherine University’s Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy (MAOT) and Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs rose in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Grad School” rankings released today.

Among 164 programs accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, St. Catherine University’s MAOT was ranked #22 this year – the highest ranked OT graduate program in Minnesota, according to U.S. News. It was ranked #28 in 2014, the last time the survey was conducted. St. Kate’s launched its first occupational therapy program in 1945 and it earned accreditation in 1947. The MAOT program was launched in 1994 and is among the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health’s (HSSH) signature programs.

St. Kate’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program 2016 ranking rose to #64 from #86 in 2014. Among the most competitive in the state, the DPT program at St. Kate’s integrates basic sciences and professional practice to prepare students with skills, knowledge and confidence to lead and influence in the profession. Students graduating from St. Kate’s DPT program have a 100 percent employment rate (three-year average).

In addition, the joint St. Catherine University-University of St. Thomas Master’s degree in Social Work was ranked #71 among 217 programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education and the Master’s in Nursing program was ranked #168 out of the 259 schools that responded to U.S. News and World Report’s survey. There were 519 nursing schools with master's or doctoral programs accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing in 2015 when the survey was launched.

School of Health rankings methodology

According to the U.S. News and World Report’s website, all the health rankings (OT, PT and Social Work programs) are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline. All schools surveyed in a discipline were sent the same number of surveys.

The graduate nursing programs were ranked based on weighted averages of 14 indicators, including peer assessments, student selectivity, the number of students enrolled and faculty resources such as credentials, academic achievements, nursing practice participation and research activity.

By Julie Michener,