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Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training

KU's programs are nationally recognized for excellence as a leader in education and research. The KU Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training is located on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas.

In collaboration with The University of Kansas Health System, students benefit from the opportunity to interact with a large number of health care professionals and leading researchers in real-world environments.

The department offers the following degree programs:

Doctor of Physical Therapy

This 3-year, full-time program prepares new physical therapists for entry into the profession. It includes classroom, laboratory, and research experiences along with clinical education experiences essential for skill and knowledge acquisition in this field. Learn more.

Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science

Preparing individuals for leadership positions in research and academia, a major focus of the program is to advance the science of rehabilitation. Students benefit from the mentorship of top faculty in the department leading their own research projects. Learn more.

Master of Science in Athletic Training

KU's master's degree in athletic training prepares students to begin a career in this field. This two-year, six-semester program admits students with a bachelor's degree, and its graduates are prepared to successfully pass the board exam. Learn more.


KU is regarded as one of the premier research institutions in the country and researchers in our department are at the forefront of advancing knowledge in health care. Students not only have the opportunity to learn from accomplished clinicians, but from individuals who are striving to expand our knowledge base in a variety of health and science areas. Explore current laboratory group sites directed by faculty in the department.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training is to achieve excellence and leadership in education, research, and health care through a collaborative, innovative, and evidence-based approach, while integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The department is committed to translational research that has an impact on physical therapy practitioners and on their clients. The department cultivates highly competent physical therapists, proficient faculty to meet professional workforce demands, and researchers in the field of rehabilitation to advance the science of health care.

Accreditation and Student Outcomes

The KU Doctor of Physical Therapy program is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Details

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

The University of Kansas is currently seeking accreditation for its new master's degree program in athletic training and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. A self-study to begin the accreditation process will be submitted on July 1, 2022.

Last modified: Aug 19, 2021

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