Physical Therapy Overview

Rockhurst University's Department of Physical Therapy Education is committed to preparing competent, caring professionals who can help persons whose abilities are threatened or impaired due to developmental deficits, aging, physical illness or injury. Emphasizing and integrating critical thinking, problem solving and ethics throughout the curriculum, the Rockhurst Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program prepares a student for licensure as a physical therapist and enhances the student's ability to clinically reason in a complex and changing health care system.

Our Vision
We positively change the world.

Our Mission
The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy at Rockhurst University is to transform students into competent entry-level physical therapy practitioners who demonstrate a lifelong commitment to learning, moral responsibility and the values which serve as the foundation for professional practice. Program graduates will be committed to leadership, advocacy and service within the community and the profession of physical therapy.

Program Overview
Rockhurst's fully accredited DPT program is distinctive for its liberal arts perspective, close faculty-student interactions and interdisciplinary collaboration. The Rockhurst DPT program is designed as an entry-level doctoral degree program. A new class of 48 students enters the program every June. The DPT program includes nine semesters of coursework over three academic years. Students participate in a wide variety of learning experiences including lectures, discussions, hands-on laboratories, service projects, independent study, group projects and clinical internships.

The Physical Therapy Education Program at Rockhurst University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

Learn more about Physical Therapy by visiting the American Physical Therapy Association.

Job Outlook Excellent for Physical Therapists 
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of physical therapists is expected to grow 39% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations." Learn more.

Physical Therapy Makes the List of "Happiest Jobs"
An article in the September 2011 issue of Forbes magazine reported that physical therapy ranked #3 on the list of "The Ten Happiest Jobs". Read more.

Rockhurst Grads Excel on PT Licensing Exam
In the last 10 years, over 85% of graduates from the Rockhurst PT program have passed the national licensing exam for physical therapy on their first attempt. We're very proud of our graduates and salute their excellence.

The Office of Graduate Admission
School of Graduate and Professional Studies
(816) 501-4097
(800) 842-6776