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Department Research Themes

Programs are based at the University of Kansas Medical Center, a premier academic medical center in Kansas City, Kansas. Our students learn from accomplished clinicians and scientists at the forefront of advancing knowledge in health care.

Research in Rehabilitation and Lifestyle Interventions

The following groups in our department are active in this area of research: Sleep, Health, and Wellness Lab; Health Exercise and Aging Lab; Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Research Lab; Neuromuscular Research Lab; Diabetes Research Lab; and Behaviors for Family Health Lab.

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Research in Motor Control and Mobility

Researchers in the following labs are leading studies in motor control and mobility: Lab for Advanced Rehabilitation Research in Simulation; Vestibular and Balance Rehab Lab; Neuromuscular Research Lab; Clinical Locomotion and Emerging Virtual Reality Lab; and Mobility and Falls Lab.

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Research in Health Professions Education

The Leveraging Education and Research in Physical Therapy lab promotes excellence and collaboration to optimize physical therapy education.

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Dr. Jernigan teaching DPT students
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New Opportunities in Athletic Training

Recruitment is underway for the master of science in athletic training. Students will benefit from the new program's synergy with other departments across KU Medical Center.
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Accreditation and Student Outcomes

The KU doctor of physical therapy program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Learn more.

The doctoral program in rehabilitation science is not subject to CAPTE accreditation and therefore is not accredited by CAPTE.

The KU master of science in athletic training program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Learn more.

KU School of Health Professions

Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training
University of Kansas Medical Center
Mail Stop 2002
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160