DesertPT

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Ranking has nothing to do with anything, and you haven't named the schools you are referring to.
 
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Ranking does in fact carry weight during the admissions process. Top tier schools can be more selective, but the "bottom" tier programs can sometimes be harder to get into than you think. With your stats, I'd say you have a pretty good shot at Northwestern and UIC might be a toss up. Are you an Illinois resident? My advice for you is to get some more hours in a different setting like inpatient or a SNF. By the way, can I ask about your outpatient neuro? I love neuro and do a lot of inpatient with SCI, Stroke, and Neurodegenerative, are you at a specialist's practice or a company??
 

DPTcoasral

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How can anyone afford UIC or Northwester out of state, I envy you! I use to work at the board of trade and would absolutely love to go back to chi town, that tuition is insane though.
 

DesertPT

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You could probably come up with dozens of scenarios where a bottom-half school in the rankings has a lower percentage of admission than a top-half school. Rankings are just lists that U.S. News comes up with based largely on criteria that don't necessarily speak to the quality of the education you are going to receive. On the average schools in the top 10 or 15% may be more difficult to get into than schools in the bottom 10 or 15%, but this isn't really something to concern yourself with too much when choosing where to go to PT school. Cost, location, NPTE first-time pass rate, that is what you should care about.
 
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Cost, location, NPTE first-time pass rate, that is what you should care about.
Yes, I agree with these factors, but you can't completely ignore ranking if you're looking at the quality of the clinicals and plan on pursuing a residency after the DPT. The quality of your education won't vary tremendously from program to program yet the affiliations/networks do. U.S. News is ridiculous, but we can't ignore the fact that we live in America and reputation plays a role. With the increasing number of new grads how does one compete for great jobs when we all will have licensure, good clinical grades, and zero "real" work experience coming out of school? What universities do we see recruiters flocking to and how do we as new grads create leverage during negotiations?