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Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

KU's programs are nationally recognized for excellence as a leader in education and research in the field. The KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science is located on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. In collaboration with The University of Kansas Hospital, students benefit from the opportunity to interact with a large number of health care professionals and leading researchers in real-world environments.

KU offers the following degree programs in the fields of physical therapy and rehabilitation:

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) prepares new physical therapists for entry into the field. This 3-year program is full-time, and includes classroom, laboratory, and research experiences. Clinical education provides students the clinical experiences that are essential for skill and knowledge acquisition in physical therapy.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Rehabilitation Science prepares individuals for leadership positions in research and academia. A major focus of the program is to advance the science of rehabilitation.


KU is regarded as one of the premier research institutions in the country and researchers in our department are at the forefront of advancing knowledge in health care. Students not only have the opportunity to learn from accomplished clinicians, but from individuals who are striving to expand our knowledge base in a variety of health and science areas. To explore current research projects, visit a laboratory group site or browse individual research by faculty name.

Mission of the KU Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science

The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Kansas Medical Center is to further the profession of physical therapy through state-of-the-art education, research, and service at the local, state, national and international level. The department is committed to translational research that has an impact on physical therapy practitioners and on their clients. The department cultivates highly competent physical therapists, proficient faculty to meet professional workforce demands, and researchers in the field of rehabilitation to advance the science of health care.

Accreditation and Student Outcomes

The KU Doctor of Physical Therapy program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Details
The PhD in Rehabilitation Science program is not subject to CAPTE accreditation and therefore is not accredited by CAPTE.

Last modified: Aug 17, 2015

Sandra Billinger, Ph.D., PT, associate professor, and her R.E.A.C.H. Lab team had their paper examining physical activity on the acute stroke unit published in the July issue of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy.

Award presented to department alum for third straight year
Muhammed Al-Jarrah, PhD'06, PT'04, is the latest graduate from the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science to receive the Early Career Achievement Award from the KU Medical Center Alumni Association. Al-Jarrah joins fellow alums Sandra Billinger, PT, MS'04, PhD'08, and Neena Sharma, PT'00, PhD'09, winners of the award in 2013 and 2012, respectively. Among the highest honors bestowed by the alumni association, the Early Career Achievement Award recognizes individuals having made distinguished achievements and contributions to KU and their respective professions early in their career. Read

KU educating a record number of students in physical therapy.

Doctoral degree candidate in rehabilitation science receives fellowship from the American Heart Assoc.

Billinger's AHA/ASA scientific statement highlights the importance of exercise in recovery from stroke

Mansour earns school award at Student Research Forum
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