Welcome to the UAB Doctor of Physical Therapy program!

We are the #2 ranked program in the Southeast in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of America's Best Graduate Schools. Jumping up six notches to #13 overall, our acclaimed faculty offer innovative curriculum for students interested in becoming physical therapists.


go baby goThe 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.

Upon completion of the program, our DPT graduates are prepared 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.

Program Outcomes (Classes of 2018 and 2019):

  • Graduation Rate: 98%
  • First Time Licensure Examination Pass Rate: 93%
  • Ultimate Licensure Examination Pass Rate: 100%
  • Employment Rate: 100%

Did You Know?

  • The length of study for this program is nine semesters.
  • Students enter the program during the Spring semester.

Certifications and Licensures

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 the specific Program Manager or UAB State Authorization at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for general information.

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.

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


The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is ranked 13th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “Best Grad Schools.”

Additional Information

Learn more about tuition and fees on the Office of Student Financial Aid website.




Accreditation Statement

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: http://www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 205-934-3566 or email jbraswel@uab.edu.

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