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Doctor of Physical Therapy

About the Program

UT Southwestern’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program transforms dedicated students into expert physical therapists. We prepare our students to serve the health care needs of their communities with excellence.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy is a full-time, post-baccalaureate program that begins each May. Its unique design gives students a solid foundation in theory, basic science, and professional skills. You’ll also have outstanding opportunities to put concepts into action through clinical practice.

The 31-month curriculum helps students learn and apply scientific theory and professional skills through:

  • Focused course work
  • Clinical practice
  • Clinical internships (during final summer and fall semester)

Each semester, students complete 12 to 16 credit hours of academics. You’ll also practice your skills under the guidance of expert clinicians.

In the last three years, 99% of our graduates passed the state licensure exam on the first try. After graduation, 100% of our alumni are employed within three months.

 

Irum Khan

Doctor of Physical Therapy

 

Joanna Mendoza

Doctor of Physical Therapy

 
 

UT Southwestern Advantage

Physical therapy students help a male patient walk

UT Southwestern’s physical therapy program offers:

  • A highly skilled and credentialed faculty of researchers and clinicians
  • A powerful 31-month curriculum that blends theory and practice to teach you the science and the professional skills you need to succeed
  • Facilities and resources unique to our institution
  • Expert clinical mentorship, including three hands-on experiences
  • An outstanding licensing-exam passing rate and employment rate after graduation
  • A location in one of the nation’s most dynamic cities for business, health care innovation, and the arts

As a UT Southwestern physical therapy graduate, you’ll have the knowledge, skill, and experience to be an autonomous practitioner and build a rewarding long-term career.

Hands-On Experience

A student takes measurements on a patient's lower leg

You will practice your skills at our outstanding facilities on the UT Southwestern campus, including:

In addition to hospital-based rehabilitation care at these locations, we also have several outpatient-based clinics on the UTSW campus and within the community. These clinics are staffed by faculty, advanced physical therapy residents, and specialty staff clinicians.

As a student, you will interact directly with the patients and faculty/clinicians both formally and informally. You will be exposed to a wide range of patient conditions and treatment modalities.

Exam and Employment Success

Physical therapists work with a man as he tosses a ball to a woman

After completing their clinical experiences, successful students receive a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and are eligible to sit for the licensure exam in any state. Historically, all of our graduates pass the licensure exam.

After graduation, 100% of our alumni are employed within three months. Graduates currently work in hospital care, rehabilitation, pediatric and senior care, public schools, sports medicine, private practice, and industrial health. They also serve as consultants, teachers, administrators, and researchers.

Student Outcomes

  • Graduation Rate
    2017-2018, two-year average

    96%

  • Licensure Examination Pass Rate
    2017-2018, two-year average
    • First time

      97%

    • Ultimate

      100%

  • Employment Rate
    2016-2017, two-year average within 12 months of passing the licensure examination

    100%

Accreditation

The Department of Physical Therapy at UT Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by:

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
1111 North Fairfax St.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: 703-706-3245
accreditation@apta.org

Meet the Program Chair