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UIW School of Physical Therapy

By the Numbers


Faculty members with one or more board certifications


National Physical Therapy Exam overall pass rate


Employment rate among program graduates

The UIW School of Physical Therapy optimizes movement and wellness for the common good.

Founded in 2012, the UIW School of Physical Therapy is one of only two physical therapy programs in a Catholic institution located in the southern tier of the U.S. Our graduates are primary care healthcare professionals prepared to function collaboratively in diverse global environments as knowledgeable, competent, compassionate, caring, resourceful, confident, ethical, and legal physical therapists.

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Program Highlights

  • The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is 29-months in length
  • Students are given the opportunity to provide high-quality care to underserved populations through hands-on experience at the UIWCommunity Clinic and health fairs.
  • DPT faculty are dedicated to expanding research-based knowledge as well as promoting the foundational, philosophical, and scientific research of Physical Therapy.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

UIW is dedicated to student success, which can be found with our graduate outcomes as they have a 96% Graduation Rate, 98% Employment Rate, and a 99% overall pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Exam.

Take a Tour of the UIW School of Physical Therapy

Our 50,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility in San Antonio, Texas includes breakout rooms, lounge areas, a library, large lecture halls, a Neuromuscular lab, Cardiopulmonary lab, and a Movement and Gait lab.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Our approach to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree sets you apart, when you first enter the job market and long after.

The UIW School of Physical Therapy combines the best possible scientific foundation with unmatched clinical experience — delivered across many types of primary and specialty care settings and serving diverse patient needs and populations. You would advance a mission of care that began in 1869 with the founding of Santa Rosa Infirmary, the region’s first Catholic hospital, by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.

You’ll find our graduates working across a range of settings and specialties, both regionally and nationally.

  • Hospitals and Medical Centers
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Outpatient practices
  • Sports Therapy
  • Traveling Physical Therapy
  • Higher Education
  • Pediatrics
  • Senior Services


University of the Incarnate Word is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, doctorate and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of University of the Incarnate Word.

The entry-level Problem-Based Learning Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of the Incarnate Word is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314; phone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

CAPTE Compliance

The Policy for Compliance with Accreditation Policies and Procedures defines the procedures for maintaining ongoing compliance with CAPTE criteria and standards. The School of Physical Therapy, through its policies and procedures, is committed to assuring compliance with the evaluative criteria established by CAPTE.

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Since UIW was founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, we have challenged our students to think critically, explore curiously and to leverage their God-given talents to make positive impacts on their communities and the world around them.
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