Physical therapists help restore or improve mobility, relieve pain, prevent or limit disability and promote overall fitness and health. They are essential to the rehabilitation of people with head or spinal injuries, congenital conditions, arthritis, and neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. PT is an excellent profession for students who are good problem-solvers, interested in health and science, and want to help people achieve their best.
The University of Missouri’s Department of Physical Therapy offers an entry level clinical doctorate degree. The faculty possesses a diversity of practice and research interests that expose students to the wealth of opportunities within in this profession. Clinical affiliations across the country and in a variety of settings allow students to experience first hand the value of physical therapists in the health care arena.
Our mission is to prepare exemplary physical therapists for clinical and academic careers, to excel in scholarly activity, and to serve the profession and community at large.
Goal 1: Education
Provide an up-to-date and innovative educational experience to well-qualified students who graduate with the skills and behaviors necessary to excel in clinical, educational, and scholarly endeavors.
Goal 2: Research
Develop, disseminate and apply new knowledge in the fields of physical therapy and rehabilitation through translational research and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Goal 3: Service
Engage in service that benefits the profession and contributes to quality of life in the communities we serve.