Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

    The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum at The University of Iowa requires 2½ years post baccalaureate degree study and clinical experiences. Based on the number of outstanding applicants, 38-42 students are admitted per year. New students begin in July each year and graduate in December 2½ years later.

    Education is enhanced by close association with the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, one of the nation’s largest university-owned teaching hospitals. Students work closely with a faculty which includes expert clinicians and internationally renowned scientists.

    Evidence-based practice is the curriculum’s focus. Our goal is to foster the development of problem solving and clinical reasoning skills of the students so they are ready to provide excellent patient care and assume the responsibilities and diverse roles and obligations of a professional physical therapist.

    Our program consistently ranks among the top physical therapy programs in the United States. We are proud of the tradition of excellence that has been established here since the program’s inception in 1942. To learn more about the DPT degree program, please visit the rest of our website.

    The following DPT student outcomes reflect students who have completed the DPT program in December 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

    • Licensure examination pass rate: 100% first time
    • Employment rate: 100%
    • Graduation rate: 95.3%

    The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Iowa is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: (703) 706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; http://www.capteonline.org.