Doctor of Physical Therapy


Become a knowledgeable, reflective and service-oriented physical therapy practitioner through Rockhurst University's Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree at RU

The #2 PT School in Missouri*

Within Rockhurst's Doctor of Physical Therapy program, you will develop the skills, knowledge and competence to become a movement expert, working with individuals of all abilities across the lifespan. Through active learning experiences in continuing education courses that embrace clinical reasoning and reflection, you will provide education, physical therapy management, leadership, service and advocacy within the community and the profession. A DPT degree helps raise your status as a health care professional and can significantly increase your physical therapy salary.

*According to 2021 Rankings

About the DPT Program

Training the Future Leaders of Physical Therapy

Students graduating from the Rockhurst University Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Kansas City, Missouri, talk about their experiences, from the ability to choose electives to fit their interests (i.e. sports medicine, pediatrics, women's health...), mentorships, shadowing at practices, as well as the school faculty, to how the student-centered learning model prepared them to succeed in physical therapy jobs.

Dual-Degree Options in the DPT program

Gain a competitive edge in today’s health care industry by earning two degrees at once — your Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, along with either an MBA or a Master of Arts. Become a physical therapist and business leader at once!

  • Both can be completed in just four and a half years, with the last year and a half completed while you work as a physical therapist or assistant.
  • Cost for both degrees is less than what many institutions charge for the DPT alone.
  • Curriculum allows you to simultaneously learn clinical and health care leadership skills.

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CAPTE Accredited

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Rockhurst University is one of the accredited physical therapy schools by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Rockhurst University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:
If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 816-501-4059 or email



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