KU's doctorate in physical therapy is an accredited, three-year, full-time graduate program designed to prepare a generalist physical therapy practitioner and to foster lifelong professional development.
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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.
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 Medical Center continually strives to develop caring physical therapists who exemplify the highest level of clinical expertise and knowledge and who are prepared to enrich the dignity and quality of the human experience by optimizing movement and maximizing functional potential.
CAPTE Program Outcomes Data
For the three most recent academic years (2017, 2016, 2015), the performance of graduates of the KU Doctor of Physical Therapy program, as provided on the annual accreditation report to the American Physical Therapy Association, was as follows:
Graduation rate – 2017
Graduation rate – 2016
Graduation rate – 2015
Ultimate licensure exam pass rate (2009-2016)
Percent of graduates employed as PT within six months of passing licensure exam (2009-2016)