About the Program


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The Doctor of Physical Therapy program is a continuous 34-month, full-time program that enrolls a cohort of 24 new students each August. This is a cohort-based full time program with a lock-step curriculum. The program offers a 4+3 curriculum, requiring a baccalaureate degree prior to admission into the program. The program requires 121 credits of coursework, including 36 weeks of full-time clinical internships. Upon completion of the degree requirements, students are awarded a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

The curriculum uses the flipped classroom concept, with many lectures delivered electronically to the students and in-class and lab time devoted to integration of material and problem solving. In-class sessions involve problem-based and team-based learning, as well as, interprofessional learning experiences.

The DPT program is located at the UAMS Northwest Campus – in the heart of Fayetteville, Arkansas. The UAMS Northwest Campus offers educational opportunities for students in the UAMS Colleges of Health Professions, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Nursing.  The campus offers state of the art library and clinical simulation facilities, and a new on-site student-led inter-professional clinic.  Programs at the campus are designed to promote inter-professional learning and clinical experiences.

The newly renovated facilities at UAMS Northwest include spacious, dedicated teaching labs for the PT curriculum as well as the State Veteran’s home and two operating clinics – a multi-disciplinary clinic and a dedicated outpatient therapy clinic, where faculty and students will have ongoing patient contact, beginning in the first month of the curriculum.

Upon completion of the degree requirements, students are awarded a Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

About Fayetteville

FayettevilleLocated in the foothills of the scenic Ozark Mountains and close to metropolitan areas including Little Rock and Tulsa, Fayetteville boasts a thriving cultural scene, easy access to outdoor recreation, eclectic shops, and restaurants that serve everything from comfort food to organic cuisine.

The city is complete with gorgeous trails, running streams, serene lakes and breathtaking foliage, offering something for everyone:  nearby hiking and a trail system that runs throughout the city, live music and entertainment on Dickson Street, canoeing and rafting on nearby rivers and water sports at Beaver Lake, local theater offerings, and museums.   Fayetteville is home of the University of Arkansas with outstanding research and development capabilities, a world class public library, superior academic facilities and amenities, and the Arkansas Razorbacks.

  • Fayetteville is “one of the country’s best-kept secrets with its thriving economy and a family-friendly atmosphere nestled in the Ozark Mountains.” – Sperling’s Best Places
  • Outside Magazine “Coolest College Towns in the Nations” ranked No. 23
  • Forbes Magazine ranked Fayetteville the 7th best college town
  • Forbes Magazine has also named Fayetteville, Arkansas as one of the best places in the U.S. for businesses and careers.
  • Money Magazine has chosen the Fayetteville area as one of the “Best Places to Live in America”
  • Fayetteville has been featured in Lifestyles Magazine, Southern Living, and The Best Towns in America – A Where-To-Go Guide for a Better Life

With a population of 500,000, Northwest Arkansas is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic regions in the United States. With the beautiful Beaver Lake and the majestic Ozark Mountains that define the Natural state, the northwest Arkansas region, inspired by its surroundings, is the up-and-coming leader in business, education, sports, tourism and arts & culture.

For more information on the Fayetteville Region go to: Explore Northwest Arkansas

Admission Factors

Admission to the program is competitive and based on the following criteria:

  • Academic achievement
  • Volunteer and service work
  • Observation hours / experience in the field
  • Professionalism /Attitude / Maturity
  • Life Experiences
  • Diversity / Cultural Awareness
  • Written and oral communication

Clinical Affiliations

The DPT Program has developed a strong clinical phase for the program by establishing partnerships with the top health care facilities in the state of Arkansas and beyond. Clinical rotations will take place in acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, out-patient clinics, private practices, extended care and skilled nursing facilities, home health organizations, occupational health centers and the Veterans Administration.

In the News

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