Degree requirements and curriculum

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Kansas is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. The program is designed to prepare a generalist physical therapy practitioner and to foster lifelong professional development. The program includes classroom, laboratory, research and clinical learning experiences.

  • Degree requirements are normally completed within three years of admission to the program, although a maximum of eight years is allowed.
  • Cumulative grade-point average of at least a 3.0 is required for all KU graduate course work.
  • The university’s research skills and responsible scholarship requirement must be completed prior to the semester the research practicum is completed.
    • PTRS 750 Research in Evidence-Based Physical Therapy Practice, PTRS 860 Evidence-Based Research Practicum I, and PTRS 861 Evidence-Based Research Practicum II meets the research skills requirement.
    • PTRS 817 Ethics in Health Care meets the responsible scholarship requirement.
  • The program requires completion of a minimum 111 credit hours.
  • Participation in 36 weeks of clinical internships is required, as outlined in options 1 and 2 below.
  • Two written comprehensive examinations are required. The first examination is taken in year 2 during the summer (semester 4) and covers semesters 1-3 content. The second examination is taken in year 3 during the spring (semester 7) and covers semesters1-6 content. Students must pass each examination with a minimum 75% score.
  • A research practicum is required via PTRS 860 Evidence-Based Research Practicum I and PTRS 861 Evidence-Based Research Practicum II courses.
  • Required courses:
    Core Courses (87)
    PTRS 702 Physical Therapy Documentation and Health Informatics 1
    PTRS 703 Applied Anatomy 1
    PTRS 704 Physical Therapy Interventions I 3
    PTRS 705 Physical Therapy Interventions II 4
    PTRS 710 Advanced Topics in Human Anatomy 6
    PTRS 711 Applied Kinesiology and Biomechanics 4
    PTRS 720 Integrated Clinical Experience I 1
    PTRS 730 Integrated Clinical Experience II 1
    PTRS 745 Orthopedic Physical Therapy I 6
    PTRS 746 Musculoskeletal Conditions and Management 3
    PTRS 750 Research in Evidence-Based Physical Therapy Practice 3
    PTRS 817 Ethics in Health Care 2
    PTRS 820 Integrated Clinical Experience III 1
    PTRS 825 Exercise Physiology 3
    PTRS 826 Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 5
    PTRS 828 Medical Imaging 1
    PTRS 830 Integrated Clinical Experience IV 2
    PTRS 833 Pediatric Physical Therapy 3
    PTRS 840 Integrated Clinical Experience V 2
    PTRS 845 Orthopedic Physical Therapy II 6
    PTRS 846 Orthopedic Physical Therapy III 3
    PTRS 852 Neurologic Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation I 6
    PTRS 853 Neurologic Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation II 6
    PTRS 855 Pharmacology for Physical Therapists 2
    PTRS 860 Evidence-Based Research Practicum I 1
    PTRS 861 Evidence-Based Research Practicum II 1
    PTRS 877 Administration in Physical Therapy 2
    PTRS 882 Pathophysiology and Physical Therapist Screens 6
    PTRS 890 Specialties in Physical Therapy Practice 2
    Clinical Internship (24)
    Choose either option 1 or 2 listed below. 24
    Total Hours 111
  • Options for completing the clinical internship requirement (minimum 24 credit hours),
    Option 1 for fulfilling Clinical Internship Requirement (24)
    The student enrolls in three 12 week internships, two in the Fall and one in the Spring.
    PTRS 920 Clinical Internship I 8
    PTRS 921 Clinical Internship II 8
    PTRS 922 Clinical Internship III 8
    or
    Option 2 for fulfilling Clinical Internship Requirement (24)
    The student enrolls in four 9 week internships, two in the Fall and two in the Spring.
    PTRS 920 Clinical Internship I 6
    PTRS 921 Clinical Internship II 6
    PTRS 922 Clinical Internship III 6
    PTRS 923 Clinical Internship IV 6
  • Students electing to pursue an international clinical experience enroll in PTRS 924 Specialized Internship as an elective 2-6 credit hour course. The student enrolls in this elective course the semester they participate in the international clinical experience. The number of credit hours for the course (2-6) are clinic-specific. The total number credit hours for the clinical internship requirement (24) will remain the same for those completing an international clinical experience; however, the total hours of either PTRS 920 Clinical Internship I, PTRS 921 Clinical Internship II or PTRS 922 Clinical Internship III will be decreased the semester of the international clinical experience by the number of credit hours the student enrolls in for PTRS 924.
  • For course descriptions, please see the academic catalog.
Last modified: May 23, 2016

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

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

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