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Coronavirus Update

Latest update as of March 20, 2020

For DPT students in the Class of 2020, please refer to individual email communication from the department for how to proceed with regards to clinical education.

For the DPT Classes of 2021 and 2022, please refer to the general information regarding the School of Health Professions may be accessed on the KU School of Health Professions website.

Do email us at pkluding@kumc.edu if you have any questions.


In coordination with leadership of the University of Kansas Medical Center, the KU School of Health Professions continues to monitor the trend of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus.

The school has implemented actions intended to reduce the risk of disease transmission in the interest of protecting the health of visitors, patients, students, and employees.


The Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science prepared a department-specific plan and provided that to the Office of the Dean for review. Upon approval, these plans were communicated to faculty, staff, and students.

During March 16 to March 27, the large majority of physical therapy courses will be delivered to students online via BlackBoard learning management. Some classes may be rescheduled to be held after March 27. A decision on how/where classes will be delivered after March 27 will be announced when available by internal email to students and via updates to this page.

Current students are to attend activities on campus only if deemed essential for academic progression, if they can only be performed in person while physically on campus, and also cannot be delayed until after March 27 without significant hardship. Instructors will communicate directly with their students regarding instructions for specific activities requiring on-campus attendance. For these activities on campus, students are to remain at home if sick or have possibly been exposed, and the department will make alternative arrangements for them to participate without a grade penalty.

Students at clinical sites will continue activities at this time in coordination with the site's supervisor and its policies and procedures.

Research and clinical activities on campus will continue as planned at this time. All faculty, research assistants, staff, and students are asked to minimize physical presence and interactions on campus. Employees are asked to work from home unless required to be on campus March 16 to March 27. Plans for after March 27 will be annouced when available.

The department's main office remains open at this time. However, most faculty and staff are working remotely from home as recommended during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  • For questions concerning student applications: contact Robert Bagley.
  • For questions from current physical therapy students or about the program's curriculum: contact Steve Jernigan.
  • For questions related to the rehabilitation science program: contact Irina Smirnova.
  • For questions related to physical therapy clinical education: contact Yvonne Colgrove.
  • For questions related to vendors, office management, or general inquiries: contact Donna Heishman.

All departmental plans are in addition to information provided by the executive vice chancellor including those distributed via several university broadcast email messages.

The health and safety of KU students and employees is the top priority for the School of Health Professions.

Please send any questions or concerns to the school at healthprofessions@kumc.edu.

Last modified: Mar 21, 2020

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2019-2020 Admissions Cycle

July 1
PTCAS opens for online applications

November 1
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June 1
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Note: these dates are subject to change for future admissions cycles.


We're here to answer questions and help students prepare for an exciting career in physical therapy. Please contact us at ptrs@kumc.edu.

KU undergraduate students seeking advising on the KU Lawrence campus, and high school students, should contact Robin Merritt at the Undergraduate Advising Center, 785-864-2834 (711 TTY).

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