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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.


Research

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: Mar 04, 2014

Open House!

Visit campus Saturday, October 25, and explore a career in physical therapy. Learn about the DPT program, the application process, and what it means to be a student at KU. Register today!


When this year's group of 58 new DPT students arrived for orientation, it was the largest incoming class in the history of KU's physical therapy program. The expanded class size is in response to a growing need for more health care professionals in the state and region, especially in underserved and rural areas. Read

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