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Should I go for the cheaper or the more expensive PT program?

Discussion in 'Physical Therapy' started by MYangDPT, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. MYangDPT


    Apr 25, 2007
    I've recently been accepted to two pt programs. One is a local university (Long Island University) that would offer me scholarship if I went there but does not seem to be as reputable. The other is ranked in us news, has a very good solid curriculum but costs a lot more to go to (New York Medical College). New York Med also has a high licensure exam passing rate. I've already sent my deposit into New York Med but did not totally shut out LIU. I feel that New york med is the better choice at this point but its SO expensive.

    Does it matter which program you go to? I need some feedback because a decision needs to be made soon.
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  3. DOctorJay

    DOctorJay 10+ Year Member

    May 8, 2004
    as long as the board pass rate is similar go for the cheaper education, once you graduate no one will give a crap about where you went, just that you passed your exam the first time and have licensure in that state
  4. bigdan

    bigdan SDN Donor 15+ Year Member

    Dec 30, 2002
    Ann Arbor
    CAPTE will only certify programs that meet the minimum standards, so you could argue that either school will give you adequate training.

    Personally, I would go with the cheaper school unless there was some single thing that makes you say "I must have this thing at School X". I'm sure you've seen the chatter about loans, earning potential, etc., that goes on in this forum. Exactly how much more would NYMC be, in functional terms? I don't mean "It's only $15K more", I mean "It will take me ... number of years more to pay off my loans", or "$$$ more per month".

    Either way, congrats on the acceptances, and have a great time in school - whichever you choose!

  5. DocWagner

    DocWagner Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2002
  6. matotom

    matotom Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 26, 2004
    either school will give you enough info to pass the boards. its your responsibility to use the info to do so.

    cheaper is much better.
  7. helpfuldoc2b

    helpfuldoc2b Banned Banned

    Dec 6, 2006
    CHEAPER, Definitely, your going to have a PT degree not an MD, you have to make the right investment of money to potential income. With experience, no one will care where you went to PT school.
  8. blast7

    blast7 2+ Year Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    Initially I would say cheaper but I would also talk to some of the students at the cheaper school and see what they think of the program. I paid for a private school and I loved the program so it was worth it to me. If you think going to the bigger more expensive school will land you a better job then you would be mislead.
  9. PT2MD

    PT2MD Hold my beer... 2+ Year Member

    Aug 3, 2006
    Lone Star State will thank yourself later.
  10. Grue1some

    Grue1some 2+ Year Member

    Apr 16, 2007
    My friend is applying next year for physical therapy school and Im glad I have this site to answer some questions..
    Also, I have until Monday to decide on the school.
  11. DocDavin


    May 2, 2007
    I would definitely recommend the cheaper option. I am a physical therapist and am now in medical school. In physical therapy, no one cares where you went to all. The best option for getting a job you want after school is to arrange an affiliation/rotation at a place you would like to work and do a good job. As far as getting a job right now, as long as you graduated from an accredited program and are preparing to take the board or have passed it, you can find a job. I get 5-10 flyers in the mail and 1-5 phone calls each week recruiting for jobs. One this week offered a $20,000 signing bonus even for new graduates (it was in Texarkana, though).

    Where you go to school matters more for medicine as you still have to apply for residency, and where you went to school has an effect. For PT that doesn't apply.

    When I was applying to physical therapy school, the admissions director for one of the programs told me to go wherever I got in as you would only learn 40% of what you needed to know while in school, the rest comes on the job. That is very true, and I would modify it to: go to the cheapest program that accepts you.
  12. SuperKirby

    SuperKirby 5+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2008
    cheaper =)
  13. thorn22

    thorn22 2+ Year Member

    Jan 6, 2009
    I would go where you think you would thrive the most. You cannot buy peace of mind!
  14. futureDPT

    futureDPT 2+ Year Member

    Oct 5, 2008
    NYU is a great school so if you can afford it and really want to go there then it would be better. Otherwise, if your worried about the expenses go to the cheaper one. But LIU is also very expensive.
  15. marathoner04

    marathoner04 2+ Year Member

    Jan 30, 2009
    NYC, NY
    I was actually in the same dilemna, and I wound up choosing the more expensive one. If you're not worrying financially, go to whichever school will make you happier and give you better opportunities because you'll be spending the next three years of your life there.

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