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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a dynamic profession that presents many opportunities to promote health and provide rehabilitation through clinical practice, education and critical inquiry.

The UMMC Department of Physical Therapy has been preparing physical therapy clinical practitioners who have become effective members of health care teams in their communities since 1973. Over 2,000 graduates are helping to make a difference in the lives of countless clients and patients in Mississippi and the world.

Since the beginning of the program, students and alumni have created new and innovative ways to provide education and care. At UMMC, DPT students have the unique educational advantages afforded by being a part of Mississippi's only academic medical center.

Our mission

The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to prepare an autonomous physical therapist who will be effective in an interprofessional health care environment to improve lives by demonstrating knowledge, skills, values, and behaviors consistent with a doctoring profession and incorporating evidence-based healthcare delivery in culturally and socio-economically diverse communities.

Our vision

Cultivating human movement systems experts for a healthier Mississippi.


Available resources

  • Opportunities for interdisciplinary activities through student government, volunteer activities and class assignments
  • Outstanding, personable, knowledgeable and easily accessible faculty with multiple credentials and clinical backgrounds including acute care, cardiopulmonary, pediatrics, neurology, sports, geriatrics, orthopedics and women's health
  • Four, eight-week clinical education experiences in a wide variety of institutions across the country
  • Exposure to physical therapy residents in neurology, pediatrics, and sports completing programs on the campus
  • A state-of-the-art educational setting
  • A friendly student-oriented atmosphere
  • An annual Employment Opportunities Day open to all enrolled students
  • A curriculum focused on clinical care
  • An excellent licensure exam pass rate and employment rate following graduation

For more information

You are invited to participate in the annual Program Awareness Day in the spring as well as the Program Focus Day in the fall to learn more about our program. Click here for more information in regards to these events.

We welcome your inquiries and encourage you to contact our pre-admission counselor, Dr. Joy Kuebler, with specific questions related to requirements and the admissions process.