The University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program has established a tradition of excellence for over 70 years. Our 2.5 year graduate professional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree boasts superb faculty, a location on the state-of-the-art Anschutz Medical Campus​, commitment to the education of a diverse body of students and a strong network of supportive alumni and clinical faculty.

The PT Program educates competent, ethical physical therapists to assume the multi-faceted roles of clinical practitioner, patient manager, teacher, researcher, administrator, consultant and advocate. In addition to compassion, character and professionalism, certain essential skills are required in order to complete the PT Program. Upon successful completion of the PT Program, graduates are eligible to take the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) in any state.

The following are expected minimum outcomes for our students:

  • 90% of our graduates will pass the NPTE on their first attempt to become licensed physical therapists.
  • 85% of our graduates will feel competent to practice autonomously as Doctors of Physical Therapy within their first year post-graduation.
  • All of our graduates will use critical thinking, evidence, and clinical reasoning in physical therapy patient management.
  • All of our graduates will be prepared to provide physical therapy care to meet the needs of patients across the lifespan.


For more information about our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, please contact CU Physical Therapy Admissions by phone at (303) 724-9144 or email at PT.Admissions@cuanschutz.edu

Program Accreditation

The Physical Therapy Program at University of Colorado is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; 703-706 3245; accreditation@apta.orghttp://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 303-724-2878 or e-mail vonelle.kelly@cuanschutz.edu

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On November 17, 2010, the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) reaffirmed the accreditation status based upon compliance with all of the evaluative criteria. The accreditation status remains in effect for the full 10 year period until 2020 at which time the accreditation status will undergo a self-study report and on-site review.

The Program received initial accreditation in 1947 from the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association.  The Program made the transition from offering only a certificate to awarding a baccalaureate degree in 1952, and continued at that degree level until 1990 when a Master of Science, Physical Therapy degree was initiated.  In 2003, the Program was approved to offer a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree by the CAPTE. The program has been continuously accredited since its inception.

CAPTE has a mechanism to consider formal complaints about physical therapy education programs that allege a program is not in compliance with one or more of CAPTE's Evaluative Criteria or has violated any of CAPTE's expectations related to academic integrity. To obtain the materials necessary for submitting a complaint, contact APTA Accreditation Department at 703-706-3245 or at accreditation@apta.org.