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 (Doctor of 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."

What is the purpose of the Physical Therapy Program?
The primary purpose of the Physical Therapy (PT) Program at the UK College of Health Sciences is to meet the physical therapy needs of Kentuckians and contribute to global needs by developing competent physical therapy practitioners who are critical thinkers, educators, and professionals.

The PT Program strives to develop practitioners who are knowledgeable, ethical, independent, adaptable, reflective, and service-oriented. This practitioner development is accomplished through a 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

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. A Bachelor's Degree is NOT necessary (but is recommended) for application.

For those admitted without a bachelor's degree, a Bachelor of Health Science degree and DPT are awarded upon completion of the program. Once accepted, the professional phase requires nine continuous semesters of class work (approximately 120 semester hours)

Program Outcome Data

Religious Holiday Observance
Faculty shall give students the opportunity to make up work (typically, exams or assignments) when students notify them that religious observances prevent the students from doing their work at its scheduled time.

Faculty shall indicate in their syllabus how much advance notice they require from a student requesting an accommodation. Faculty may use their judgment as to whether the observance in question is important enough to warrant an accommodation, although the presumption should be in favor of a student’s request. The Offices of Institutional Diversity, the Dean of Students, and the Ombud are available for consultation.

Policies and Procedure Manual

CHS Physical Therapy Program
C.T. Wethington Building
900 S. Limestone, Room 204
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0200
(859) 218-0494

find us on facebook

Program Locations
The PT Program is offered at the Lexington campus and at the Center of Excellence in Rural Health in Hazard.





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 - accreditation@apta.org
Website - http://www.capteonline.org 

Physical Therapy

College of Health Sciences

204 Wethington Building

900 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40536-0200

(859) 218-0494


  • Facebook Icon

Contact Us

We are happy to answer all questions.
Please fill out our form and a representitive
will be in touch within 24 hours.