Program in Physical Therapy School of Medicine Washington University in St. Louis

Program in Physical Therapy School of Medicine Washington University in St. Louis

Saint Louis, MO
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
August 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
2 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Washington University Program in Physical Therapy: Our focus is movement

The Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is one of the most respected physical therapy programs in the United States. The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program prepares students to be outstanding practitioners, equipped to evaluate, diagnose, and treat the human movement system -- the collection of systems that interact to produce and support movement of the body. Physical therapists are movement system experts. The human movement system sits at the core of WUPT's three-pronged mission to provide exceptional education, conduct groundbreaking research, and deliver outstanding patient care.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is a professional, three-year, full-time clinical doctoral course of study that prepares students for the practice of physical therapy. The curriculum combines classroom learning with extensive clinical experiences. An emphasis on evidence-based health care prepares students for excellence in clinical practice. Students learn from leaders in profession in a supportive environment. Graduates leave the program fully prepared to diagnose movement dysfunctions and implement effective treatment plans.

Clinical Experience is integrated throughout the curriculum. Students learn and apply key concepts, techniques and critical-thinking skills. Clinical training begins immediately in year one with students participating in patient care in an area clinic during the fall and spring semester. It continues throughout the three-years of training with students completing four full-time clinical experiences, each 8-12 weeks in length in a variety of practice settings for a total of 38 weeks of clinical training. Students select sites in partnership with their faculty advisers, who also provide guidance during the clinical experiences. Sites are available in a wide variety of settings in urban, suburban and rural areas, and may include international experiences. Students are required to complete clinical experiences in both the inpatient and outpatient settings; the additional two clinical experiences are completed in settings of their choosing.

PhD in Movement Science degree program

The PhD in Movement Science degree program is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for productive research careers in a variety of settings, including academia. The program offers training to investigators who seek to answer questions about human movement, its functions and dysfunctions. The program is organized around three core content areas: biocontrol, bioenergetics and biomechanics. Students are trained to investigate and improve movement impairments in people with chronic diseases such as obesity, stroke, diabetes, neuropathy, Parkinson Disease and low back pain.

The Movement Science Program (MSP) degree program is administered through the Program in Physical Therapy, under the auspices of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The Program in Physical Therapy is a world leader in movement science and rehabilitation research. With a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, faculty members and PhD students conduct research with colleagues in biomedical engineering, psychology, neurology, and biology. Studies reach the full spectrum of investigation, from fundamental discovery through clinical application.

Learn from leaders in a supportive environment

All faculty members teach in the DPT curriculum. Most treat patients and other faculty members conduct research to investigate and improve movement system function in people with chronic diseases. Many hold leadership positions in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). They present their research at regional, national and international professional conferences. As a group, the faculty have received many prestigious national awards and are highly sought after as keynote speakers and visiting lecturers. They publish prolifically in leading peer-reviewed journals. Assistantships and work-study positions provide opportunities for DPT students to work in faculty research laboratories and learn how translational and clinical research move the profession forward.

After Graduation

DPT graduates leave the program as exceptional clinicians and look for jobs across the country. The vast majority accept a job before or shortly after graduation. Close to 98% of students graduate and on average, 96% of graduates pass the professional licensure exam on the first attempt -- above the national average. Our PhD students are just as successful pursuing their goals; 95% work in academics in a post-doctoral fellowship or a faculty position. Their research is funded by NIH and national foundations.

Location & Contact

Program in Physical Therapy

School of Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis

Campus Box 8502 4444 Forest Park Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63108
United States

Dr. Gammon Earhart


Phone: 314-286-1400
Fax: 314-286-1410

Ms. Sarah Rands

Manager, Admissions and Student Affairs

Phone: 314-286-1402
Fax: 314-286-1410

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Movement Science Doctorate
    • Physical Therapy Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 85
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


40% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 406
    • Accepted 163
    • Acceptance Rate 40
    • Enrolled 81
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $130
    • Application Fee - International $130
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline August 15th August 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline February 1st February 1st Yes
    • Spring deadline February 1st February 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesGRE, professional degree in physical therapy, clinical experience
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT, TWE required, 5 TWE paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitCSS Profile and FAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Research Assitantships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students274
    • Female Percentage75%
    • Male Percentage25%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students274
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino1%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian81%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian4%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown11%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty36
    • Full-time Percentage64%
    • Part-time Percentage36%
    • Female Percentage78%
    • Male Percentage22%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchMovement and movement dysfunction
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last year$1,745,942