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Doctor of Physical Therapy Accreditation and Program Outcomes

Students who satisfactorily complete the program will be awarded the Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi and are eligible to apply to take the examination for licensure to practice as a physical therapist in all 50 states.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UMMC's School of Health Related Professions is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Avenue, Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; Telephone: (703) 706-3245; email:; website: If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (601) 984-6330 or email

UMMC offers post professional physical therapy residency programs accredited through the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education.  These programs are not subject to accreditation through CAPTE.


The physical therapy program has a policy for addressing program complaints that excludes complaints for which there is an established university, school or program policy or procedure, such as grade appeals, academic dismissal appeals or allegations of racial, sexual or gender harassment. To file a complaint, submit a written statement to:

Dr. Melanie Lauderdale, Chair
Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Related Professions
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 N. State St.
Jackson, MS 39216-4505

 There will be a response to the complaint within 10 working days. However, for comments or concerns about the physical therapy program related specifically to one or more of the Evaluative Criteria, to the Statement on Integrity in Program Closure, or to the Statement of Integrity in Accreditation, contact CAPTE and appropriate forms and information will be provided.

Department of Physical Therapy - Licensure Data

License Pass Rate*

First Time

License Pass Rate*






Two-year average




Not yet stabilized

* Taken from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy data
Department of Physical Therapy - Employment Data

Employment Rate


Two-year average




Not yet Stabilized

**of licensed graduates


Department of Physical Therapy - Graduation Rate
Graduation Rate
Most recent two year average91.7%