Welcome to the Physical Therapy Program!

Welcome! We’re incredibly excited to have you join the University of Minnesota Doctor of Physical Therapy program as part of the Class of 2024. 

UMN has a long tradition of training physical therapists, with our first class graduating in 1942. The program has changed quite a bit since then, but our commitment to excellence has never waivered. With over 2,400 alumni, our graduates pursue and excel in all areas of the physical therapy profession. Whether you want to practice right after you graduate or go on to specialize, we prepare you for the career you choose to pursue. 

This site provides additional information and resources for you to continue to explore the program and the University of Minnesota. Please feel free to reach out to our Graduate Program and Admissions Coordinator, Anne Ruud, at any point with questions - ruuda@umn.edu.

You can also view our printed material for accepted applicants and the presentation from our Fall Visit Events below.  

UMN DPT Highlights

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  • Class Size: 60
  • Average Age: 25
  • Core Faculty: 18
  • 100% of our graduates from the Class of 2020 passed the national licensure exam on the first attempt. 
  • 100% of our students find employment or enter residencies/fellowships within the first year after graduation. 
  • Rank 25th in the nation for Physical Therapy schools by U.S. News & World Report 
  • Curriculum
  • Clinical Education
  • Research
  • Student Life
  • Cost
  • Curriculum

    Our students spend the first seven months of the program on campus in a rigorous mix of basic science, clinical science, clinical skills, research foundations, and specialty electives. The last two semesters are spent off campus in four immersive clinical experiences. 

    Visit the curriculum site

  • Clinical Education

    Check out the resources below, including a video from Dr. Amanda Sharp, our Director of Clinical Education. 

    Clinical Education Video                  Clinical Education Page

  • Research

    UMN is a research institution, and that extends to the Division of Physical Therapy. Almost all of our 18 core faculty members conduct research, from biomechanics to professional behaviors. Most importantly, students trained to use research as part of their education are more likely to use research, and therefore the latest evidence-based practices, in their professional practice, making our graduates leaders in the PT field.


    Research Video

  • Student Life

    Hear what current DPT students have to say about the program, the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, and the DEI and SSPORTSI student groups. You can also learn more about student leadership roles. Flip through the topics in the links below to view all of the videos. 

    DPT Student Testimonies                  Student Leadership Roles 

  • Cost

    UMN is the only public DPT program in Minnesota. We aim to be transparent about the costs of earning a DPT degree, along with providing resources to help finance your education. 

    Tuition & Fees                Program Scholarships                  External Scholarships & Loan Forgiveness Programs 

Tour

Right on the banks of the Mississippi River, our program is part of the lively East Bank Campus in the heart of Minneapolis and is close to restaurants, biking trails, public transportation and more. 

Although the East Bank Campus is large, DPT students, along with other grad health students, use a small portion of the campus south of Washington Ave. Classes and labs are commonly held in the brand new Health Education Science Center (HSEC) and in Children’s Rehabilitation Center.

University Resources

Housing

The University offers an off-campus housing resource

Current students live all over the Twin Cities metro area; however, students who live close to campus frequently reside in the Como, Seward, and Powderhorn neighborhoods surrounding the University's East Bank campus. There are also several neighborhoods around the St. Paul campus (connected via shuttle) in the Lauderdale, Falcon Heights, St. Anthony Park, and Como neighborhoods.

Transportation & Parking

Students are eligible for discounted metro-area transit passes (U-Pass). View the resources below to learn more. 

Campus Maps         Parking Information          Biking Information           Walking Information

Campus Shuttles

UMN operates an extensive shuttle service. 

Learn more

Recreation & Wellness Center

Your student fees include membership to the Recreation & Wellness Center on campus. A valid U Card gets you access to various RecWell facilities.


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BeWell

BeWELL is a wellbeing resource for the health sciences student community.

Wellbeing in interprofessional health students may call for a greater need to emphasize stress reduction, self care, and resilience-building in order to find balance. Finding community with peers in your program, as well as with students across other health professional programs, may enhance your ability to thrive—both as a student and in your future career as a health professional.

BeWELL is committed to providing space, activities, and programming to support the cultivation of community and wellbeing in interprofessional health students at the University of Minnesota.


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Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services promotes student success by helping with:

  • Mental health and life concerns
  • Learning and academic skills challenges
  • Career uncertainty
  • Faculty/staff-student communication

As a staff we are committed to valuing diversity, honoring students, faculty, and staff from all racial, religious, and ethnic identities, sexualities, gender identities, and disability conditions.

Boynton Health

Boynton Health is open to all students, whether using the University Health Plan or private is open to all students, whether using the University Health Plan or private insurance. 

They offer: 

Boynton also manages student immunizations and vaccinations.