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, birth defects, arthritis and neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. They also develop fitness programs to allow healthier and more active lifestyles. The Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program at the University of Missouri prepares students to enter the field of physical therapy as a general practitioner with a background in musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary and integumentary systems.
The Department of Physical Therapy offers an entry level clinical doctorate degree. Admission to the DPT program is available through Regular Admission (applicants will have a bachelor’s degree prior to beginning the professional program) or Early Admission (allows students to enter the professional program with 90 hours). Students may begin their studies on the pre-Physical Therapy track as they explore and determine the undergraduate degree they wish to pursue on track to applying to the MOT program. Students accepted for Early Admission will earn a Bachelor of Health Science in Pre-Physical Therapy after their first year in the graduate program. Students applying for Early or Regular Admission must have successfully completed the core required courses for application. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the National Physical Therapy Examination to receive license to practice.