Our collaborative learning environment allows you to acquire the attitudes, knowledge and skills to become an effective and compassionate physical therapist.


Our Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program, ranked as THE best in the country by US News and World Report, prepares you for professional leadership. Our faculty are recognized for their extensive knowledge of movement impairment classification and treatment of orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions.

The two year, eight month, full-time program combines classroom and clinical learning, so you leave fully prepared to diagnose and treat your patients’ movement impairments. We present material in the classroom as it relates to clinical application, while outside the classroom you gain real-world experience through off-site clinical training opportunities.  The Program in Physical Therapy has been continuously accredited since 1942.


The Program in Physical Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: http://www.capteonline.org.  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 314-286-1400 or email ptprog@wustl.edu.

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Student Profile

Our students are well-rounded individuals with a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds. Most commonly, students enter with undergraduate degrees in biology, kinesiology, or health sciences—but many other majors including business, engineering, dance, and psychology are also represented in our applicant pool.

  • Overall average GPA: 3.76/4.0
  • Average science/math prerequisites GPA: 3.70/4.0
  • Average core PT prerequisites GPA: 3.71/4.0