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Earn your DPT degree at the UW, a leader in rehabilitation medicine education, research and services

Doctor of Physical Therapy

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Washington offers an exceptional, well-rounded education for students who want to graduate as physical therapy generalists.

At the UW, you’ll study in one of the top departments for rehabilitation services in the United States. Our DPT program is offered by the Division of Physical Therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, the fourth leading department for rehabilitation care in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The UW DPT program is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Our graduates are ready to take the national physical therapy licensure exam and launch a career in the rewarding field of physical therapy.


Immerse Yourself in Diverse Clinical Experiences

Clinical education is an essential part of your training as a physical therapist. The UW DPT program offers you access to more than 400 clinical sites across the United States for your internships. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of service learning experiences.

Benefit From an Interdisciplinary Environment

Because physical therapists are often part of an interdisciplinary team, the UW DPT program puts an emphasis on collaborative practice. You’ll take classes with occupational therapy and prosthetics and orthotics students during your first and second years, and have interprofessional opportunities with students training in other health disciplines at the UW, such as speech-language pathology and medicine. Later in the program, you’ll have a chance to collaborate with other health professionals during your clinical experiences.

Learn From Outstanding Faculty

Study with top clinicians and researchers in the field of rehabilitation medicine. Our faculty are leading advances in clinical practice and in research across the life span in areas such as gait biomechanics and technology to treat paralysis. Faculty also serve as instructors and mentors for our innovative residency programs for licensed PTs in neurologic and acute care physical therapy.

UW DPT Believes Diversity = Excellence

We seek students who are committed to addressing health disparities and providing culturally responsive service in our increasingly diverse world.  In our holistic admissions process, we consider a balance of an applicant’s experiences, attributes and academic history.  Learn about the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine’s commitment to diversity.