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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, Kansas. In collaboration with The University of Kansas Health System, 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 in Rehabilitation Science (Ph.D.) 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. Explore current laboratory group sites directed by faculty in the department.

Mission Statement

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 doctoral program in rehabilitation science is not subject to CAPTE accreditation and therefore is not accredited by CAPTE.

Last modified: Mar 16, 2020

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