Program Overview

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.

physical therapy instructor works with two students on the leg of a patient

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 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)


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: Apr 11, 2018

Explore the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program:

Program overview
Eligibility and requirements
Tuition and fees
How to apply
Clinical Education

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

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

Important Dates

July 1
PTCAS opens for online applications

Mid-August 15
PTCAS Early Decision applications due

November 1
Deadline to submit PTCAS application

June 1
Classes begin

KU's physical therapy degree program 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