Program Overview

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Our DPT program is an accredited 3 year full-time graduate program designed to prepare a generalist physical therapy practitioner and to foster lifelong professional development. The program begins in early June and includes classroom, laboratory, research and clinical learning experiences. Students participate in 36 weeks of clinical affiliations. As an academic health science center, the KU Medical Center provides ample opportunity for physical therapy students to interact with a large number of health care professionals, as well as students from other disciplines.

Admission to the DPT program is a competitive process. The faculty values a well-rounded applicant; one who has demonstrated his/her academic and cognitive abilities as well as his/her personal and professional potential.

Completed applications will be processed as they are received. Applicants are notified as soon as the process is complete. Early submission of a complete application is encouraged. Applications will continue to be processed until the application deadline. After we have accepted our full class of student positions, applicants who meet the qualifications for admission will be offered a place on a waiting list.

KU subscribes to equal opportunity in its programs and activities. Consequently, it prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation and as covered by law, age and veteran status.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Kansas is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). Comments or complaints about the program can be directed to CAPTE.

Our Mission

The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Kansas Medical Center is to prepare highly competent, critically thinking physical therapists committed to lifelong professional development. Through an evidenced-based clinical and didactic curriculum, our mission is to foster autonomous, professional practitioners, who provide high-quality, efficient, ethical and compassionate care to diverse and underserved populations.

CAPTE Program Outcomes Data

For the three most recent academic years (2012, 2013, 2014), the performance of graduates of the KU Doctor of Physical Therapy program, as provided on the 2012 Annual Accreditation Report to the American Physical Therapy Association, was as follows:

Graduation rate – 2014


Graduation rate – 2013


Graduation rate – 2012


Ultimate licensure exam first-time
pass rate (2009-2012)


Percent of graduates employed as PT within six months of passing licensure exam (2009-2012)


Accreditation and Student Outcomes

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Kansas is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (, American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1488, (703) 706-3245.

More information may be found on our accreditation page. Documents relating to accreditation status are available at the department office by request. See also: Information for students.

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Last modified: Nov 06, 2014

KU's doctor of physical therapy is one of five programs in the KU School of Health Professions ranked among nation's best graduate programs by U.S. News & World ReportKU News release

We're here to answer your questions and help you prepare for an exciting career in physical therapy. We also welcome and encourage campus visits to tour facilities at the KU Medical Center. Advising for prospective students is available by appointment. Please contact us:

For KU students seeking advising on the Lawrence campus, please call the University Advising Center at (785) 864-2834 (711 TTY) or visit Strong Hall, Room 132.