About the Department of Physical Therapy

Mission: The mission of the College of Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy program is to graduate competent, compassionate, progressive physical therapists capable of serving diverse populations through direct access and collaborative care across a variety of settings.

Vision: The vision of the College of Health Professions Department of Physical Therapy program is to be a recognized leader in advancing the phsyical therapy professions by cultivating life-long learners through excellence in clinical practice, research, leadership and service.


Each student is expected to make progress toward the achievement of these objectives. This achievement will be measured throughout the didactic and clinical curriculum in accordance with specific course objectives and evaluation criteria.

Satisfactory performance in the program prepares the graduate to:

  • Synthesize physical therapy science through integration of the biological, physical, social, and behavioral sciences.
  • Identify, organize, and utilize resources to effectively develop and efficiently provide health care services.
  • Practice as physical therapist generalists by integrating liberal arts, basic science and clinical knowledge and skills.
  • Demonstrate professional competence in accordance with the Guide to Physical Therapist Practice and in an ethical and equitable manner.
  • Recognize when treatment other than physical therapy is required and make referrals accordingly.
  • Collaborate with colleagues for the advancement of the profession and promotion of health and wellness.
  • Demonstrate a personal value system of respect for the rights of others and acknowledgement of responsibility for individual actions.
  • Use the scientific method to problem solve in carrying out professional responsibilities.
  • Communicate efficiently and effectively with patients, families, colleagues in the health care system, referral agencies, regulatory agencies, policy makers and the general public.
  • Utilize PT personnel resources in ways that reflect understanding of their legal/ ethical roles in providing the best possible services in patient care and health promotion.
  • Apply effective teaching/learning theories and methods in health care, academic, and community environments.
  • Continue personal and professional growth based on self-evaluation recognizing self needs, strengths and limitations.
  • Apply management principles and skills in the multifaceted roles of the physical therapist.


The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) granted the Wichita State University Doctor of Physical Therapy  program another 10 year accreditation through 2021. WSU's PT program has maintained accreditation status since its establishment.

To Contact CAPTE: http://www.capteonline.org

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 316-978-3621 or email physical.therapy@wichita.edu. The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Wichita State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org


CAPTE Program Outcome(s) Data
Student Assessment Performance Indicators 2017-2019

For the three recent academic years (2017, 2018, and 2019) the performance of graduates of the Wichita State University Doctor of Physical Therapy program, as provided on the 2019 Annual Accreditation report to the American Physical Therapy Association, was as follows:

Year Graduation Rate Pass Rate Employment Rate
2019 92.1% 94% 100%
2018 100% 93.18% 100%
2017 90.5% 100% 100%
  • Graduation Rate: Number of students maticulated in the program who graduated on time.
  • Pass Rate: Ultimate licensure exam the years listed.
    * indicates complete data pending
  • Employment Rate: Percent of graduates employed as PTs within six months of passing licensure exam for the years listed.


Licensure requirements are a function of state governments through a physical therapy board. To identify requirements, individual graduates must contact the state physical therapy board of the jurisdiction(s) where they plan to practice. Graduation from an accredited program is only one requirement; satisfactory completion of the physical therapy program does not guarantee licensure for graduates. A list of boards, contact information, and licensure examination information is readily accessible at the Federation of Physical Therapy Boards web site at http://www.fsbpt.org

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