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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.

Lifestyle Interventions to Maximize Healthy Behavior (LIMB)

The following labs in our department are active in LIMB research: SleepWell, Health Exercise and Aging Lab (HEAL), Lab for Advanced REhab Research in Simulation (LARRS), Research in Exercise and Cardiovascular Health (REACH) Lab, Vestibular and Balance Rehab (STABILITI) Lab and the Environmental Heat Stress Laboratory.

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Dr. Billinger talks with a study participant

Neurorehabilitation or Pain Research

Researchers in the following labs are leading neurorehabilitation or pain studies: Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Research (CORR) Lab, Diabetes Research Lab, Neuromuscular Research Lab, Mobility and Falls Lab, Clinical Locomotion and Emerging Virtual Reality (CLEVR) Lab.

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Dr. Sharma and two students look at a model of a spine

Research on Educational Innovations

The Leveraging Education and Research in PT (LEARN PT) Lab promotes excellence and collaboration to optimize physical therapy education.

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Dr. Jernigan teaching DPT students

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