Icon 1 $84,020 Median Annual Salary(National Median Pay, U.S. BLS)
Icon 2 34% Job growth(2012-24, U.S. BLS)
Icon 3 99% Licensing Exam pass rate

Physical Therapy

What is a Physical Therapist?

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."

About Our Program

UK offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) entry-level curriculum. Students may enter the program following completion of University and professional program required courses. Students entering without a bachelor’s degree must be from the University of Kentucky and have completed at least 108 hours and have their UK Core completed.

Once accepted, the professional phase requires nine continuous semesters of class work (approximately 137 semester hours)

UK offers a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) entry-level curriculum at two campuses: Lexington and Hazard, KY at the Center of Excellence in Rural Health.  The DPT program meets the educational requirements to obtain professional licensure in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and many countries around the world.


What is the purpose of the Physical Therapy Program?

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 critical thinkers, educators, and professionals who value diversity and inclusivity.

The Department of Physical Therapy strives to develop patient-centered practitioners who are knowledgeable, ethical, independent and collaborative, adaptable, reflective, effective communicators, and service oriented.  This practitioner development is accomplished through a wide variety of mechanisms:

  • Educational programs offered at campuses in Lexington and at the Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard, KY
  • Scholarship, research and creative activities
  • Public service
  • Professional socialization

Religious Holiday Observance Policy

We honor the Religious Holiday Observance policy outlined on our Diversity and Inclusivity page.


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, 22314.

Telephone - 703-706-3245 
Email - accreditation@apta.org
Website - http://www.capteonline.org

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 859 218-0834 or email Tony English, PT, PhD at tenglish@uky.edu.

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