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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.

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 program is a competitive process. The faculty values a well-rounded applicant – one having demonstrated their academic and cognitive abilities as well as personal and professional potential.

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

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.

KU subscribes to equal opportunity in its programs and activities. Consequently, KU prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation and as covered by law, age and veteran status. To report discrimination or harassment, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity.

CAPTE Program Outcomes Data

For the four most recent academic years in which data is available, 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





Ultimate licensure exam pass rate within two years of graduation





Rate of graduates employed within two years of passing licensure exam





The first-time licensure pass rate, averaged over the most recent two years (2019-2020), is 93.7%.

Accreditation and Student Outcomes

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Kansas is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia, 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 913-588-6799 or email (711 TTY)

Documents relating to accreditation status are available at the department office by request. See also: Information for students.

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KU's doctoral program in physical therapy meets the educational requirement to apply for licensure in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy.

Each state has its own additional licensing requirements. For information on licensing in Kansas, please see the Kansas Board of Healing Arts. The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy provides information on specific state licensure requirements.

Last modified: Jun 29, 2021

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JaySTART Clinic
This clinic provides free occupational and physical therapy services to patients in the Kansas City community. Learn about rehabilitation services provided by the clinic and how to make an appointment.

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