Department of Physical Therapy

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Professional Program in Physical Therapy:
UNTHSC is currently offering a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program on its Fort Worth campus. Become part of this exciting new DPT program. This 33-month program will prepare you to practice as a Doctor of Physical Therapy in one of today’s fastest growing and most rewarding health professions.



Program Mission:

Creating solutions for a healthier community by producing highly qualified entry-level doctors of physical therapy, and leading in education, professional services, and research activities.

Program Highlights:

  • A well-rounded education in all aspects of contemporary physical therapy.
  • The curriculum includes a course in Rural Health and underserved populations and has opportunities for clinical internships in rural areas.
  • Learning in a research-intensive health science center environment.
  • A low student-faculty ratio that ensures close contact with and continuous mentoring by physical therapy faculty.
  • Interdisciplinary education experiences with students in medical school and physician assistant programs at the health science center.

Program Outcomes

What is the licensure pass rate for UNTHSC physical therapy graduates?

  • The ultimate pass rate for the graduating classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 is 100%.
  • The ultimate pass rate for the graduating class of 2017 is currently pending at 97.5%.
  • The class of 2016 had a first-time pass rate of 95%, The first time pass rate for the graduating class of 2017 was 90%.
  • The first time pass rate for the class of 2018 is 89%, with an ultimate pass rate to be determined.

What is the employment rate for UNTHSC physical therapy graduates?

  • 100% of our graduates are employed within at least twelve months of graduation for those eligible and choosing to be employed.

Clinical Experiences:

You will have opportunities to learn at various clinical sites across the DFW area and the nation, including opportunities to experience Physical Therapy in other countries.

The Department and the Health Science Center:

The Department of Physical Therapy is the second academic department in the new School of Health Professions, joining the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Both programs prepare students for exciting and satisfying careers that are among the nation’s top health professions. Additional health professions programs will be proposed in future years.

UNTHSC belongs to the three-campus University of North Texas System, is regionally accredited, and is recognized as one of the state’s fastest growing health science centers. UNTHSC currently includes – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UNT System College of Pharmacy and the School of Public Health – in addition to the School of Health Professions. With more than 2,243 students and 1,654 full-time faculty and staff, annual extramural research support totals approximately $42.7 million, and a new master plan is designed to double the size of the current campus. The health science center is poised to significantly enhance its already successful educational programs, fast-growing research initiatives, and critically important healthcare service to the community and state.


The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:;
Website: If needing to contact the program directly, please call 817-735-2925 or email DPHT@unthsc.eCAPTEdu.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award masters and doctoral degrees.


The Department of Physical Therapy values comments and complaints that relate to its curriculum, students, faculty, and graduates from parties outside the University. We strive to respond in a timely and appropriate manner. Comments may be directed to the following individual: Dr. Myla Quiben, Interim Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, 817-735-2980.

For questions specific to physical therapy admissions, please visit the PT Admissions page or email or phone 817-735-2003.



Effective September 1, 2017, HB 1508 created new laws that require entities that provide educational programs leading to an occupational license to notify all applicants and enrollees of the implications of a felony conviction which may make you ineligible for a physical therapy license upon program completion.  The law requires that this information is provided to all persons who apply or enroll in a physical therapy program without regard to whether the person has been convicted of a criminal offense.

You may review current guidelines used by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners to determine the eligibility of the person to be licensed on the Board’s website at  You also have a right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the Board and the applicable request form is available on the Board’s website at

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This page was last modified on November 14, 2018