Why choose CU Physical Therapy?

In addition to our program's academic prestige, accomplished faculty, research initiatives, the University of Colorado has a number of other well-rounded offerings. 

Once admitted to the Physical Therapy Program, students will have access to the many resources offered by the Office of Campus Student Services at Anschutz Medical Campus, including: 

Colorado Lifestyle

Students spend a lot of their free time exploring all that Colorado and the immediate Denver area has to offer. The Anschutz Medical Campus is 25 minutes away from Downtown Denver. 

300 days of sunshine
53 mountains over 14,000 feet
26 places to ski and ride

 

42 state parks
8 mountain ranges
national forests
5 river systems

Anschutz Medical Campus was designed to promote interprofessional interaction and education among students from all health professional programs on campus. Physical therapy students routinely interact with other health professionals, such as physicians, physician assistants, nurses, dentists, pharmacists and researchers.

  • Collaborative curriculum with students from all medical and healthcare programs on campus
  • Interprofessional student groups and learning opportunities
  • Over 170 common teaching and learning spaces (lecture halls, computer labs, and group study rooms), which vary in size from 6-to-600-person capacity
 
  • Clinical experience within the first year
  • Yearlong internship opportunity
  • Content threaded through courses to prepare graduates who are:
    • Ethical
    • Culturally competent
    • Evidence-based
    • Patient-centered 

We Value Diversity in People and Perspectives

The students, residents, faculty and administration of the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM) believe that diversity is a value that is central to the School’s educational, research, community service and health care missions. Therefore, the SOM is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, house staff, faculty and senior administration. As part of our commitment to inclusive excellence, we work to increase the diversity of our graduates and improve the outcomes of the patients we serve. 


In recognition of the value that diversity brings to medical education, the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program strives to:

  • Recruit and retain a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff
  • Create a culture for students, faculty, and staff that enhances learning, supports career development, fosters respectful discourse, and promotes equity
  • Prepare students as leaders for practicing in diverse communities and healthcare settings

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  • CU Peru​, an interprofessional global health student-run organization
  • Frequent presentations on campus
  • Global Health student groups
  • Active alumni in global health initiatives
Service opportunities in our local community
  • Various campus-wide interprofessional service-oriented activities
  • Stout Street Clinic- A monthly physical therapy clinic for individuals who are homeless in downtown Denver
  • DAWN Clinic​- free clinic in the high need local area
  • 9 News Health Fair
  • Night Owls- respite care for families who have children with disabilities
  • Community patient volunteers in classes

Clinical partnerships with many facilities and sites, including:

  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Craig Hospital
  • Stout Street Clinic
  • Local school districts
  • Rural hospitals and clinics