Physical Therapy studentsSeveral programs in UAB School of Health Professions are ranked among the nation’s top 30 by U.S. News & World Report. The latest rankings were released in the 2013 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” available online at

The entry level Physical Therapy program was ranked at No. 19.

“We are optimistic about the future growth and quality of physical therapy education at UAB based on factors such as outstanding program graduates, addition of new faculty, increased research productivity and the addition of the PhD in Rehabilitation Science program,” said Sharon Shaw, PT, DrPH, chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. “Recognition by our peers is always an honor.”

Ranked as one of the top 5 health care jobs by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of PA programs at academic institutions is increasing within the U.S. The UAB Physician Assistant program was able to maintain its ranking at no. 25 despite the stiff competition.

“The graduates from our program continue to successfully complete the National Board Exam (PANCE) the first time, which speaks highly of our curriculum,” said Patricia R. Jennings, DrPH, PA-C, director of the Physician Assistant program.  “The UAB physician assistant program will strive to uphold its rigorous admission process as well as maintain its quality didactic and clinical curricula."

The Department of Occupational Therapy rounded out the top 30 at No. 28. Last year, the master’s degree program in health services administration ranked No. 5 in the nation, up from No. 7 the previous year.

Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks professional-school programs in business, education, engineering, law and medicine. The rankings are based on expert opinion about program quality and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students. For the rankings in all five areas, indicator and opinion data come from surveys of more than 1,200 programs and some 9,600 academics and professionals.

The magazine also ranks programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities on a rotating basis, usually every three years. These rankings are based solely on the ratings of academic experts, as are the health specialties