About our Physical Therapy Program

Students begin the DPT program in the fall semester and take courses through the spring semester. During the first year, students complete courses in research, pathology, physiology, anatomy, kinesiology, neuroscience and clinical foundations.


In the second year, students learn specialized treatment techniques and planning. The courses focus on the treatment of people with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and/or cardiopulmonary problems. After the second academic year man doing physical therapyand during the summer, students are assigned to clinics to work with patients. Students work in three different clinic sites for ten weeks at each site. All student work is under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The required clinical courses are completed in the fall semester of the third year.









The Department of Physical Therapy in the School of Health Professions at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org CAPTE is an accrediting agency that is nationally recognized by the U.S. 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.
CAPTE accreditation is important because:

  • It helps students and their parents select programs that will provide the education necessary to enter the profession.
  • It fosters quality educational experiences and helps to assure that the program is taught by qualified faculty, has the resources it needs to support the curriculum, meets its mission, has acceptable student outcomes, and provides accurate information to the public.
  • It provides students and others a place to complain if an accredited program fails to meet its obligation to maintain compliance with CAPTE's Evaluative Criteria.
  • Graduation from a CAPTE-accredited program is required for eligibility to sit for the licensing exam. It is also required in order to provide physical therapy services to patients/clients on Medicare.

Graduates of our DPT program are eligible to sit for National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE), given by The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and the Jurisprudence Exam, given by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. A license to practice physical therapy in Texas is contingent on successful completion of these examinations.


CAPTE Contact Information

Ellen Price, Associate Director, PT Programs
Department of Accreditation
American Physical Therapy Association
1111 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-14



Program Outcomes

Graduation Rate
for 2011-12 and 2012-13 and 2013-14


Licensure Examination Pass Rate
for 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13
as verified by the Federation of State Boards
of Physical Therapy


Employment Rate of Graduates
within 6 months of passing licensure exam