Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Live anywhere—and start your career sooner—with the only two-year hybrid DPT program in the South Central United States. Employment and NPTE pass rates at 98%+ one-year post graduation.

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Learn From & Network With 100+ Faculty Members.

Imagine learning from well-known professionals across the physical therapy spectrum, including those in niche fields.

As many as eight pediatric experts fly in from across the country for labs. Plus, you’ll get to connect with specialists across neurologic and pulmonary physical therapy as well as prosthetics, sports and orthopaedics. Then there’s Lisa VanHoose, PT, PhD, MPH, FAPTA, who was the founding president for American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Oncology and was awarded the highest honor in the profession—the Catherine Worthingham Fellow designation (FAPTA).​

Access to such renowned professionals is rare to have. It will give you first-hand insight as you decide the type of physical therapist you want to be.

Achieve your goals in only two years. Build relationships with 100+ faculty members and a network of peers who will support you. Learn in a community that fosters Christian values within a welcoming, inclusive environment. It’s all possible in a hybrid learning format that combines best practices in distance education, on-campus lab immersions and clinical education services.

$95,620

Median annual wage for physical therapists

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

21%

Projected employment growth by 2030

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

98%

National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) pass rate

99%

Employment rate

All results are at or above the national average for DPT programs (one-year post graduation). Findings were published in June 2022 for the Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Journal —the first known published research for a fully hybrid DPT program.

A Preeminent Christian Research University

Baylor University’s vision affirms that the world needs a preeminent research university that is unambiguously Christian. In 2021, Baylor was recognized as an R1 research institution, a significant benchmark in the University’s continued focus and investment in research at the highest levels. Through top-tier research and scholarship, R1 universities bring their voice to bear in addressing our world’s most meaningful challenges. As Baylor achieves preeminence as a Christian research university, it enables researchers from throughout the University to infuse the quest for solutions, at the highest levels, with Baylor’s distinct voice and mission.

Baylor has been named among the nation’s top 10 Most Trusted Universities by Morning Consult.


 
The top 10 Most Trusted Universities are: Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, University of Notre Dame, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Yale University, Harvard University, Baylor University, Princeton University

Selected Faculty

Lisa VanHoose, PT, PhD, MPH, FAPTA

Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Dr. VanHoose joined Baylor in January 2022. As a hybrid professional, she is a PT and clinician by background, but trained as a scientist—Dr. VanHoose has a PhD in Rehabilitation Science and did post-doc work in epidemiology, geriatrics and aging. She is a board-certified clinical specialist in oncologic physical therapy, and as an NIH-, PCORI- and industry-funded researcher, Dr. VanHoose investigates socioecological models of cancer-related side effects with an emphasis on minority and rural cancer survivorship. She is also founder and executive director of the Ujima Institute and Foundation, which supports and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion. In 2021, she was recognized with the American Physical Therapy Association Societal Impact award.

Brian Young, PT, DSc

Dr. Young serves as the Assistant Program Director for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and the Graduate Program Director for the Department of Physical Therapy. He is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapists. He served over 21 years in the US Air Force, holding various clinical and leadership positions. Dr. Young has numerous research publications and presentations, is a recipient of the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy’s Rose Research Award, is the current Vice President of the Imaging Special Interest Group for the Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy, and has current research efforts exploring neck pain in high performance fighter aircrew.

Faculty at Baylor Physical Therapy are actively involved in leadership at the local and national level. We often send three or four members to the APTA House of Delegates each year to help make decisions on issues that impact the Association and the physical therapy profession. This is an advantage of having faculty practicing all over the nation. Other programs with faculty in one state typically only send one or two people because elections for the House of Delegates are based on state of residence and not employment.

Program Details

Admissions & Application Process

The Baylor University Doctor of Physical Therapy program admits, educates and graduates accomplished individuals who are intellectually curious and culturally diverse. Ideal applicants are driven to be passionate physical therapists who exemplify Baylor University’s mission of leadership and service.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements and prerequisites outlined below. All courses within the professional didactic and clinical curriculum are required for completion of the DPT degree program. Baylor does not grant advanced placement credit for experiential learning, or transfer credits from other programs or institutions.

In addition to the program admission requirements and prerequisite courses, applicants must meet technical standards, pass background checks and drug testing, and provide health information. More information can be provided once you enter the admissions process.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Complete a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to the program start date. Admission may be granted pending completion of the degree.
  2. Complete all required prerequisite courses with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) and prerequisite course GPA of 3.00 or greater on a 4.00 scale.
    • Grades Below “C-” in prerequisite courses will not be accepted.
    • If a prerequisite course is repeated, the credit hours assigned to the course may be counted only once in fulfilling the required number of hours. The prerequisite GPA will be determined using the highest course grade achieved; however, both grades will be calculated into the cumulative GPA.
    • If cumulative GPA is less than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale, an applicant may still be eligible for admission if a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater has been achieved over the last 60 semester or 90 quarter hour credits of coursework.
    • Baylor DPT will accept passing (P) coursework for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters in instances where Pass/Fail grades were given due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within the last five years. While the DPT program does not require a minimum GRE score, we encourage you to submit your best scores as the GRE is factored into applicant ranking.
    • The GRE must be completed within five years of the anticipated program start date. The oldest GRE test date considered for this admissions cycle is January 1, 2018. Applicants with a documented graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution may report earlier GRE scores. Transcripts of graduate education must be provided.
  4. Submission of two references. Applicants must arrange for references to submit letters of recommendation electronically through the PTCAS system. One reference must be a licensed physical therapist.
  5. Observation hours are strongly recommended, but not required. Observation hours help applicants make an educated decision about pursuing a career in physical therapy.
    The Baylor DPT Admissions Committee recommends the completion of 100 observation hours, volunteer hours, or work hours with a licensed physical therapist in at least two different practice settings. Examples of practice settings include: outpatient clinics; acute care hospitals; inpatient rehabilitation facilities; skilled nursing facilities; home health care; and hospice care.
  6. We accept U.S. Citizens, U.S. Permanent Residents and international students with many types of visas including H, L, R, F, J (but not B).
    • International students will be required to submit a World Evaluation Services report along with international transcripts to PTCAS for all coursework completed outside the US.
    • Applicants whose native language is not English or who have completed a degree and prerequisite courses outside of the United States must demonstrate English language proficiency through completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.
  7. Successful completion of an admission interview. Applicants are selected for interviews based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting materials.
  8. Ability to fulfill the technical standards for admission.
  9. Complete an approved background check prior to matriculation.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Biology (6 semester hours/8 quarter hours) laboratories are recommended, but not required
  • Chemistry with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
  • General Physics with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology with laboratory (8 semester hours/12 quarter hours)
  • Statistics (3 semester hours/ 4 quarter hours)
  • Any Psychology (3 semester hours/ 4 quarter hours)
  • Abnormal or Developmental Psychology (3 semester hours/4 quarter hours)
  • English Composition or Writing (3 semester hours/ 4 quarter hours)

All letter-graded prerequisite coursework is acceptable, no matter when the coursework was completed. However, we strongly recommend that applicants take refresher courses as needed (especially for Anatomy and Physiology) to fully prepare themselves for Baylor’s accelerated DPT program.

To download a complete list of accepted courses for program prerequisites, click here.

Tuition & Financial Aid

To be considered for federal, state and Baylor need-based financial aid including loans, grants, and need-based Baylor scholarships, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). There is no fee to complete the FAFSA. If at all possible, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to access your most recent income tax return(s).

Baylor’s school code is 003545. Baylor normally receives results of the FAFSA within two to three business days.

Estimated Program Costs

The costs indicated below are only an estimate and may be different from the student’s total expenditures. They do not include stipend, tuition remission or any other funding the student may receive.

Tuition and Required Fees (per trimester/6 total trimesters) Amount
Tuition (per trimester) $18,334
Administrative fee* (per trimester) $100
Textbooks, Clinical Apps, Licensure Prep Materials (one time fee) $2,700
Physical Therapy professional equipment (one time fee) $725
APTA National and State Professional Dues (annual fee) $90

The University reserves the right to change tuition, fees, requirements and regulations without notice.
NOTE:

  1. These are estimated costs for the entire program. Tuition, fees, and costs are subject to change. Tuition for in-state and out-of-state residents is the same.
  2. Tuition includes, but is not limited to, the following services:
    • Remote library resources
    • Academic Live Care: Medical, counseling, psychiatric & nutritional resources
    • Technology resources and support
    • Administrative support services
    • Student Life Center access

    *Access to on-campus facilities, including on-campus parking and athletic events attendance, require the payment of optional fees.

  3. Estimated costs for textbooks and tablet clinical applications are based on current course requirements.
  4. Physical therapy equipment costs include a student kit consisting of common clinical exam instruments and gait belt. A portable treatment table is highly recommended for personal practice.
  5. Above costs do not include lodging requirements for lab immersion sessions or clinical education. Students are required to make their own lodging arrangements for these instructional periods. During lab immersion sessions, the majority of students will find lodging options with classmates that cost less than $40/night per student.

Curriculum

The DPT curriculum plan consists of academic course work in six consecutive semesters over a period of 24 months. This includes 67 weeks of didactic curriculum spread across six academic semesters and 31 weeks of full-time clinical education performed in a variety of clinical settings.

Year One

Spring I [19 credit hours]

  • DPT 6100 – Professional Physical Therapist Practice I [1 credit hour]
  • DPT 6212 – Functional Movement [2 credit hours]
  • DPT 6214 – Clinical Medicine I [2 credit hours]
  • DPT 6300 – Human Physiology [3 credit hours]
  • DPT 6540 – Physical Therapy Examination [5 credit hours]
  • DPT 6610 – Human Anatomy [6 credit hours]

Summer I [19 credit hours]

  • DPT 6620 – Musculoskeletal System I [6 credit hours]
  • DPT 6221 – Clinical Medicine II [2 credit hours]
  • DPT 6331 – Physical Therapy Interventions [3 credit hours]
  • DPT 6421 – Clinical Research [4 credit hours]
  • DPT 6450 – Applied Neuroscience [4 credit hours]

Fall I [19 credit hours]

  • DPT 6332 – Musculoskeletal System II [3 credit hours]
  • DPT 6334 – Musculoskeletal System III [3 credit hours]
  • DPT 6431 – Aging Adult [4 credit hours]
  • DPT 6479 – Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Systems [4 credit hours]
  • DPT 6531 – Neuromuscular System [5 credit hours]

Year Two

Spring II [15 credit hours]

  • DPT 6220 – Assistive Technologies [2 credit hour]
  • DPT 6341 – Clinical Medicine III [3 credit hours]
  • DPT 6350 – Pediatrics [3 credit hours]
  • DPT 6351 – Clinical Integration I [3 credit hours]
  • DPT 6441 – Clinical Experience I [4 credit hours]

Summer II [15 credit hours]

  • DPT 6110 – Doctoral Synthesis I [1 credit hour]
  • DPT 6151 – Pain Science [1 credit hour]
  • DPT 6310 – Health and Wellness Promotion [3 credit hours]
  • DPT 6360 – Clinical Integration II [3 credit hours]
  • DPT 6370 – Business Principles for the Physical Therapist [3 credit hours]
  • DPT 6442 – Clinical Experience II [4 credit hours]

Fall II [10 credit hours]

  • DPT 6120 – Doctoral Synthesis II [1 credit hour]
  • DPT 6270 – Professional Physical Therapist Practice II [2 credit hours]
  • DPT 6710 – Clinical Experience III [7 credit hours]

Accreditation Status

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program, at Baylor University, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org. 

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please contact Dr. Brian Young by email at brian_a_young@baylor.edu.

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