Our DPT program is an accredited 3 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
Admission to the DPT program is a competitive process. The faculty values a well-rounded
applicant; one who has demonstrated his/her academic and cognitive abilities as well as his/her personal and
professional potential. Class size is restricted; we generally admit no more than 36 students in any single year.
Completed applications will be processed as they are received. Applicants are notified as soon as the
process is complete. Early submission of a complete application is encouraged. Applications will continue
to be processed until the application deadline. After we have accepted our full class of student positions, applicants who meet the
qualifications for admission will be offered a place on a waiting list.
KU subscribes to equal opportunity in its programs and activities. Consequently, it prohibits
discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation and as
covered by law, age and veteran status.
The mission of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of Kansas Medical Center is to prepare highly competent, critically thinking physical therapists committed to lifelong professional development. Through an evidenced-based clinical and didactic curriculum, our mission is to foster autonomous, professional practitioners, who provide high-quality, efficient, ethical and compassionate care to diverse and underserved populations.
For the three most recent calendar years (2009, 2010, 2011), the performance of graduates of the KU Doctor of Physical Therapy program, as provided on the 2011 Annual Accreditation Report to the American Physical Therapy Association, was as follows:
Graduation rate – 2011
Graduation rate – 2010
Graduation rate – 2009
Ultimate licensure exam pass rate (2009-2012)
Percent of graduates employed as PT or PTA within six months of passing licensure exam (2009-2012)