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Physical Therapy (Doctor of Physical Therapy)

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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."

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Doctoral  Research Assistantship Opportunity

The program in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky is seeking a highly motivated individual interested in pursuing a PhD with an emphasis in gait biomechanics and muscle function. Applicants should have a personal interest in muscle function, biomechanics and lower extremity injuries.  The person in this position will be working directly with Brian Noehren PT, Ph.D.
1. A degree in physical therapy or athletic training with eligibility for licensure in the state of Kentucky
2. Previous experience in research is helpful.
4. Good computer skills
5. Good oral and written communication skills
6. Interest in mentoring undergraduate students
Laboratory:  The Biomotion Laboratory at the University of Kentucky currently has 20 eagle motion analysis cameras and multiple force plates including an instrumented treadmill.  Additional equipment includes: a metabolic cart, a Biodex isokinetic dynamometer, numerous computing facilities, Matlab, Labview, and Visual 3D.  The lab has a close relationship with the School of Medicine and many possibilities exist for research involving imaging and other experimental techniques.  The lab is very active with several masters and doctoral students using the lab space for a variety of projects. 
The position includes a 12-month stipend, as well as a tuition waiver for fall and spring semesters and health insurance.
Lexington is a beautiful city situated in the rolling foot hills of the bluegrass region of Kentucky.  There are numerous outdoor activities ranging from climbing to caving and kayaking, all within an hour’s drive.  Lexington also has a rich cultural environment with a strong arts and music scene.  Additionally, Lexington benefits from a very reasonable cost of living and temperate weather.
If interested in this funded research assistantship please email a letter of interest specifying your strengths for this position and CV to: b.noehren@uky.edu
Brian Noehren PT, Ph.D. FACSM
Associate Professor
Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences  
Room 204D, CTW Building 900 South Limestone Street  Lexington, KY 40536-0200
*Office: (859) 323-1100 Ext. 80581
*E-Mail: b.noehren@uky.edu



Upcoming Event

UK presents Mike Studer Neuroplasticity for Neurology, Geriatrics and Orthopedics- Your “How-To” Guid

What if simple, updated theories and principles of motor learning, practically applied to a variety of people who are recovering motor skills could improve the way your patients respond and learn?  What if you could get better results for them - faster?

The University of Kentucky Physical Therapy Program is pleased to present a course that is applicable across many settings –for any therapist, therapist assistant or student who teaches motor skills to patients and clients.  Updated theories of motor learning grounded in research will be applied practically with many specific examples –presented by Mike Studer, PT, MHS, NCS, CEEAA, CWT, CSST of Northwest Rehab Associates in Salem, Oregon.  A frequent national speaker, Mike leads a vibrant practice incorporating these current principles in a practical way, daily. Join us March 29-30 on the UK campus and earn nine (category 1) contact hours.

For more information: Contact Kathy Ringo (kjschu3@uky.edu or 859-218-0496). Click here to register.

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 Division 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

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 not entering with 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)

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

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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, 22314.
Telephone - 703-706-3245 
Email - accreditation@apta.org
Website - http://www.capteonline.org 

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 859-218-0494 or email tenglish@uky.edu.