Program Director:
Jennifer Christy, PT, PhD

Faculty: Bullard, Christy, Hurt, Ithurburn, Lein, Lowman, Morris, Motl, Pearce, Perez, Reed, and Sandroff

Physical therapists provide services to patient/clients who have impairments, functional limitations, disabilities, or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, and other causes. Physical Therapists also address risk and provide prevention services and promote health, wellness, and fitness. Physical therapists interact and practice in collaboration with a variety of professionals. Finally, physical therapists also function in consultative, educator, administrative and supervisory roles in many different types of practice, research, and education settings.

Accreditation: The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham 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: www.capteonline.org.

Credentials Conferred: The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree is awarded by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

License: Graduates are eligible for the physical therapist licensure examination. Note that state law regulates the practice of Physical Therapy; contact a specific state's Board of Licensure for Physical Therapy to obtain information on that state's eligibility requirements.

Student Outcomes (Past 3 years 12/13 – 12/15)

Graduation Rate: Class of 2015 – 98%,  Class of 2016 – 98%

Ultimate Licensure Exam Pass Rate:  99.2%

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (National Physical Therapy Examination pass rates)

Employment Rate: 100%

Length of Study: Nine semesters.

Program Entrance Date: Spring semester.


 Program Prerequisites - UAB Equivalents

(Course requirements are listed in semester credit hours)

Arts and Humanities

English Composition - EH 101, 102 (6)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Psychology (6)

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Precalculus with Trigonometry - MA 106 (3)

Statistics (must be taken in Math, Psychology, or Sociology) - MA 180, PY 214, or SOC 110 (3-4)

Physics* - PH 201/211 lab, 202/212 lab or PH 221/231 lab, 222/232 lab** (8)

General Chemistry for science majors with labs* - CH 115/116 lab, 117/118 lab (8)

Biology including Human or Mammalian Physiology* - BY 116 or 309 (16)

Medical Terminology - AHS 350 (1-3), may be taken online

*For these prerequisite courses, credit older than ten years from the application deadline must be validated by examination or other appropriate mechanism.

**The physics course sequence must be designed for science majors and include laboratory sessions. A minimum of 8 semester hours is required. The following topics must be studied: mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, wave motion and sound, and light.

It is strongly recommended that applicants take the following courses: practical reasoning or logic course, biomechanics or kinesiology and upper level biology (physiology).


Essential Requirements: Fundamental tasks, behaviors, and abilities necessary to successfully complete the academic and clinical requirements of the program and to satisfy licensure/certification requirements, if any, have been outlined and are available upon request from the academic program office. Students requesting disability accommodations must do so by filing a disability accommodation request in writing with the Disability Support Services Office.

 Typical Program

(Course requirements are listed in semester credit hours)

First Year

Spring
PT 700 Human Gross Anatomy I (3)
PT 702 Functional Anatomy (4)
PT 730 Essential of Human Physiology (3)
PT 713 PT Intervention (3)
PT 760 PT Professional Practice I (2)

Summer
PT 701 Human Gross Anatomy II (2)
PT 711 PT Examination I (2)
PT 712 PT Examination II (3)
PT 720 Pathology & Pharmacology for Movement Disorders I (3)
PT 731 Human Performance Physiology (3)
PT 790 Scientific Inquiry I (2)

Fall
PT 704 Analysis of Human Movement (3)
PT 706 Neuroscience I (3)
PT 714 PT Intervention II (3)
PT 715 PT Intervention III (3)
PT 721 Pathology & Pharmacology for Movement Disorders II (3)

Second Year

Spring
PT 705 Human Movement Dysfunction (3)
PT 707 Neuroscience II (3)
PT 740 PT Management of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction I (5)
PT 761 Professional Practice II (3)
PT 798 Scholarly Activity Project (1)

Summer
PT 743 PT Management of Cardiovascular/Pulmonary Dysfunction (4)
PT 744 PT Management of Neuro-muscular Dysfunction I (3)
PT 791 Scientific Inquiry II (2)
PT 798 Scholarly Activity Project (1)
PT 770 Clinical Education I (4)

Fall
PT 741 PT Management of Musculoskeletal Dysfunction II (5)
PT 746 PT Management of Neuro-muscular Dysfunction II (5)
PT 762 Professional Practice III (3)
PT 798 Scholarly Activity Project (1)

Third Year

Spring
PT 763 PT Professional Practice IV (2)
PT 764 Professional Practice V (2)
PT 770 Clinical Education II (9)

Summer
PT 770 Clinical Education III – (9)

Fall
PT 770 – Clinical Education IV (9)

For course descriptions, see the UAB School of Health Professions Catalog-Course Descriptions.


 For further information, contact:

Betsy Moore
Department of Physical Therapy
School of Health Professions
SHPB 333
1720 2nd Avenue South
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1212
Telephone: (205) 934-4363
E-mail: becol@uab.edu