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 www.ptcas.org.
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).
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:
- 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.
- Scholarship, research, and creative activities which contribute to the discovery and expansion of knowledge in the health sciences.
- Service to the public (in urban and rural communities), to other professional disciplines, and to the profession.
- 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:
|Class of||Number of Graduates||Percent of Class Graduated|
|4 Year Average||95|
Licensure Examination Pass Rate
|Class of||Number of Graduates Taking Exam||Ultimate Pass Rate|
|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.