Program Director Michael Harris-Love gives remarksWelcome to the website of the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program! As one of the top programs in the country, we are proud of our commitment to physical therapy education, research, and service for over 70 years. Our program is part of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation within the School of Medicine and located on the Anschutz Medical Campus. The Anschutz Medical Campus is comprised of graduate-level students at a location purposefully designed to foster interprofessional collaboration across the spectrum of patient care. Our students benefit from their access to an outstanding faculty who excel as educators, scholars, researchers and clinicians.

Our curriculum introduces students to a clinical education experience within their first semester and provides the option of a unique year-long, paid internship. Students are very involved in service opportunities, volunteering at the Stout Street Clinic for individuals that experience homelessness, DAWN Clinic for the high-needs Aurora community, and other non-profit organizations in the Denver metropolitan area.

We are deeply committed to our research endeavors, offering a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences, leading the way with groundbreaking grants and clinical studies, and providing a number of opportunities for students to get involved with faculty research. Our CU Rehabilitation Science Consortium houses multiple laboratories, providing a space for research assistants, post-doctoral fellows and PhD students participating in faculty research.

Our partnerships on the Anschutz Medical Campus and surrounding greater Denver area enhance our research capabilities and strengthen our clinical partnerships. We have over 120 clinical partners throughout the region, with The Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, Children’s Hospital and UCHealth located steps away.

I welcome prospective students and program alumni interested in physical therapy education to reach out to our program staff and faculty. Your active involvement is essential to the success of the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program. We look forward to our continued growth and progress within the University and the profession!

Michael Harris-Love, PT, MPT, DSc, FGSA   
Associate Dean for Physical Therapy Education and Director, Physical Therapy Program

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Previous Program Directors: Mary Lawrence (1947-1950), Dorothy Hoag (1950-1972), James Clinkingbeard (1972-1977), Elizebeth Barnett (1978-1987), Marcia Smith (1987-1988), Pauline Cerasoli (1988-1996), Carolyn Heriza (1996-2004), and Margaret Schenkman (2004-2019)