Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

2019 Incoming Physical Therapy class

Right on the banks of the Mississippi River, the University of Minnesota Medical School's Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is part of the lively East Bank Campus in the heart of Minneapolis.

Close to restaurants, biking trails, public transportation and more, the program offers an exceptional educational experience in a vibrant urban community.

Our graduates gain didactic knowledge, clinical skills, and translational abilities to bring prevailing best practices into the clinic.

Mission & Philosophy

The Division of Physical Therapy creates and integrates innovative research discoveries, education, and practice to develop scholarly, collaborative physical therapists and rehabilitation scientists who advance health care and disease prevention for diverse communities in Minnesota and beyond.

We prepare students with the clinical, professional, and research skills to become capable primary practitioners and to bring new knowledge into practice that best serves the rehabilitation needs of each patient as an individual. Our philosophy emphasizes an active learning environment in which the individual actively participates in the learning process and adopts this responsibility as a life-long behavior.

The Division of Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota began as a certificate program in 1941. It expanded to a baccalaureate program in 1946, a Master of Science program in 1997 and a professional doctoral degree program in 2002. All students entering the program and completing all requirements graduate with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

Graduate Outcomes

Class of 2018

Graduation Rate: 94%
National PT Licensure Exam Pass Rate: 100%
Employment Rate: Data not available yet

Class of 2017

Graduation Rate: 100% 
National PT Licensure Exam Pass Rate: 100% on first attempt
Employment Rate: 100%

Class of 2016

Graduation Rate: 100%
National PT Licensure Exam Pass Rate: 100% on first attempt
Employment Rate: 100%

Class of 2015

Graduation Rate: 98%
National PT Licensure Exam Pass Rate: 100% (92% on first attempt)
Employment Rate: 100%

Admission Facts


 Class Stats

Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021 Class of 2022
Number of Applicants 230 226 207 210
Class Size 52 52 52 52
Acceptance Rate 22.6% 23.4% 25% 24.8%
Overall Undergrad GPA 3.69 3.73 3.68 3.70
GRE Verbal 155.4 154.66 154.31 153.64
GRE Quantitative 152.7 155.48 154.56 155.07
GRE Analytical Writing 4.3 4.39 4.12 4.28

Job Opportunities

Physical therapists work in a wide variety of settings: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, acute care facilities, private practice, school systems, industry, sports medicine, home health, and more.

Factors such as an aging population and improved management of chronic conditions have created an increasing need for physical therapists. National and local projections indicate a continued growth in physical therapy jobs through at least 2018.

See a list of current openings      Visit APTA for more postings



capteThe Program in Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website: