Physical Therapy


Welcome to the University of Kentucky, Division of Physical Therapy website. The Guide to Physical Therapist Practice defines physical therapy as "a dynamic profession with an established theoretical base and widespread clinical applications in the preservation, development, and restoration of optimal physical function."

Thank you for your interest in the Physical Therapy Program.  Applicants to the program can begin their PTCAS application on July 1, 2015 for Fall 2016 entry. The PT program application deadline is December 1, 2015. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, please visit the PTCAS website at

History and Mission of Our Program

The Physical Therapy program at UK has been educating physical therapists since 1967. Our program is conducted at the Lexington, Kentucky campus and at the Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard, Kentucky. We received our most recent continued full accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) in 2014.


The Physical Therapy Program at the University of Kentucky is accredited through June of 2024, by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia; telephone:  703-706-3245; email:; website:

The purpose of the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Kentucky is foremost to meet the physical therapy needs of Kentucky and contribute to global needs overall by developing competent physical therapy practitioners who are analytical thinkers, educators and professionals. The Division of Physical Therapy strives to develop practitioners who are knowledgeable, ethical, independent, adaptable, reflective and service oriented. This practitioner development is accomplished through a wide variety of mechanisms:

  1. Educational programs which are informed by scholarship and research and designed to provide excellence in instruction as well as accessibility to a diverse student body. These programs include the professional DPT (Lexington and Center for Rural Health campuses), post-professional programs (DPT-Transition and the PhD Program in Rehabilitation Sciences), and continuing education courses.
  2. Scholarship, research, and creative activities which contribute to the discovery and expansion of knowledge in the health sciences.
  3. Service to the public (in urban and rural communities), to other professional disciplines, and to the profession.
  4. Professional socialization through participation in professional activities and organization

Program Outcome Data

The United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education have indicated the importance of the public availability of student outcomes information. To meet this expectation, the University of Kentucky Physical Therapy program is providing the following:

Graduate Rate

Class of Number of Graduates Percent of Class Graduated
2014 62 97
2013 59 92
2012 63 98
2011 59 92
4 Year Average 95

Licensure Examination Pass Rate

Class of Number of Graduates Taking Exam Ultimate Pass Rate
2014 62 98
2013 59 98
2012 63 100
2011 59 100
4 Year Average 99

EMPLOYMENT RATE: 100% of graduates in each year were employed as PT’s within six months of passing the licensure examination.