The mission of The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is to prepare physical therapists who are evidence-based practitioners with the skills, knowledge and behaviors to deliver value-based physical therapy services, consultation, education, critical inquiry and administration, with a primary focus on clinical practice involving diverse populations.


Satisfactory performance in the experiences provided in the program prepares the student (graduate) to:

  1. Deliver value-based and consumer-centered patient/client management to diverse populations to optimize movement, function and health
  2. Abide by national and state regulatory and legal standards and adhere to the core values and ethical principles adopted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  3. Engage in interprofessional collaborative practice by effectively educating, communicating and partnering with consumers, peers, other healthcare and non-healthcare providers, regulatory agencies, third-party payers, and other stakeholders
  4. Critically appraise the literature and other resources to guide evidence-based physical therapy practice
  5. Influence the ever-changing health care landscape through personal leadership, advocacy, lifelong learning in the clinic, community, professional organizations and society

The Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program is designed to lead to professional licensure in Physical Therapy. While graduates of the program are eligible for the licensure examination, specific licensure requirements vary from state to state. UAB is working to develop an online, publicly-accessible database to assist in providing this state-by-state information. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning about potential professional licensure requirements in your state for a specific degree program, please contact UAB State Authorization at, or by calling (205) 934-7217.

Gail Jensen, PT, PhD, FAPTA announced as the 2019 Marilyn Gossman lecturer
DPT students attend the 2018 APTA National Student Conclave in Providence, RI
Jennifer Christy named Doctor of Physical Therapy program director
John Lowman, PhD, awarded the Lucy Blair Service Award at the 2018 APTA NEXT conference
James Rimmer, PhD, awarded honorary APTA membership at the 2018 APTA NEXT conference in Orlando, FL
PCORI awards $5.7 million for study on exercise delivery in people with MS


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