Physical Therapy

Academics & Accreditation

Program Goals

The physical therapy curriculum provides learning experiences to assist students in developing competencies and attitudes in order to:

  • Accept responsibility as health professionals.
  • Participate in and contribute to the profession through active involvement and scholarship.
  • Practice in an ethical and legal manner.
  • Assess patients/clients from any age, gender, or cultural group at any stage of the health care continuum; treat or refer them as appropriate.
  • Plan, implement, and modify a treatment program as needed to insure a safe and effective outcome.
  • Plan, design, and participate in programs of prevention and health promotion.
  • Participate in personal/professional growth and development throughout their careers.
  • Identify and prioritize problems and take appropriate action toward resolution.
  • Utilize sound management and business practices in the marketing and provision of physical therapy services.
  • Collaborate with other health professionals, regulators, and payers to optimize the delivery of health care services.

Graduation Pass Rates

  • Residential DPT

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    Year of Graduation Number Enrolled % Graduation Rate First-Time NPTE Pass Rate Ultimate NPTE Pass Rate % Employed within 6 months of passing licensure exam
    2020 54 96% 98% TBD TBD
    2019 53 94% 96% 100% 100%
    2018 54 98% 100% 100% 100%
  • Bridge PTA to DPT

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    Year of Graduation Number Enrolled % Graduation Rate First-Time NPTE Pass Rate Ultimate NPTE Pass Rate % Employed within 6 months of passing licensure exam
    2020 21 95% 100% 100% 100%
    2019 26 100% 88% 100% 100%

Affiliated Residency Programs

The UTMB Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Professions provides the education and support that lead students to succeed in the health care industry. For post-graduates, our department collaborates with Memorial Hermann and other UTMB departments to provide the following residency programs:

Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) is an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the US Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAPTE grants specialized accreditation status to qualified entry-level education programs for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Texas Medical Branch is accredited by the

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100
Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085
P: 703-706-3245;
E: accreditation@apta.org;
W: http://www.capteonline.org.

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 409-772-3068 or email shpdptad@utmb.edu.

CAPTE logo

The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Thus, students graduating from CAPTE-accredited physical therapist programs are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Examination and apply for licensure in all of the above geographic areas. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy website at www.fsbpt.org.

Complaints

Please address complaints that fall outside of due process to Dr. Janna McGaugh, Chair ad Interim of the SHP Department of Physical Therapy, or Dr. David Brown, Senior VP and Dean of the School of Health Professions (SHP).


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