Purpose: The purpose of this analysis was to investigate the extent to which the ranking of programs based on total tuition cost changes when housing and program length were added to total tuition. Method: To accomplish this, the cost of tuition at 13 physical therapist education programs was compiled. Programs were ranked from most expensive to least expensive. The costs associated with housing, program length, and lost opportunity to earn wages were then added to total tuition. Programs were again ranked from most expensive to least expensive. Results: Regional differences in the cost of living and the total length of the program made a significant difference in the total cost of attending a program.Conclusions and Recommendations: Factors other than tuition may have a significant impact on the total cost of completing a program. Programs should consider how the length of the program and regional housing costs may affect the affordability of their program. Students should consider these other factors when comparing programs.
Little TL. The False Wisdom of Tuition Based Ranking of Allied Health Programs: Is Your Program Affordable?. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2006 Jan 01;4(1), Article 3.