The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center trains the physical therapists of tomorrow. As part of one of the nation's leading academic medical centers, whose mission is to promote health to enable full human potential through the three interdependent core areas of education, research and clinical service. The DPT program gives students a strong foundation in theory, basic science, and professional skills, enhanced with outstanding opportunities to put concepts into action through clinical practice.
UT Southwestern Medical Center's DPT graduates are critical consumers of research, provide the highest quality patient-oriented clinical services in a changing landscape of health care, and serve their communities and the profession.
The 31-month curriculum is designed to help students learn and apply scientific theory and professional skills through focused course work. In addition, the final two semesters are devoted to clinical experiences. Clinical training takes place in a variety of settings, including UT Southwestern's William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital (rated the No. 1 hospital in Dallas-Fort Worth for five consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report) and UT Southwestern's Zale Lipshy Pavilion, a premier neurological diagnostic and treatment center. Additional training occurs at Parkland Memorial Hospital, one of the nation's busiest public hospitals, and at Children's Medical Center, a national leader in pediatric care.
UT Southwestern's DPT faculty is a distinctive blend of highly regarded educators, researchers, and clinicians who hold advanced degrees and board certifications in clinical specialties recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Basic science faculty provide the strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, neuroscience and pathology allowing students to be well prepared for the progressing complexity of the health care environment.
Our two year average licensure pass rate is 97%!
Program Admission Requirements
The DPT Admissions Committee and faculty will review all completed applications once verified in PTCAS. Apply Early! PTCAS processing may take up to 5 weeks once all required materials are received. Also, remember to check your SPAM email folder often as this can sometimes be a problem.
Applications are evaluated based cognitive and non-cognitive items such as overall GPA, prerequisite GPA, last 60 hours GPA, GRE scores, observation experiences, references, personal statement, and school specific questions. The Committee will grant interviews by invitation only.
The Admissions Committee will grant interviews for November 2022 by invitation only. The interview process allows us the opportunity to get to know you personally as well as giving you the opportunity to learn more about our program. Interview Day begins with a presentation, which gives an overview of the program and introductions of the faculty. Following the presentation, applicants interview in groups of 2-4 with 1-2 interviewers who are faculty or clinicians.