Department of Physical Therapy

Our program is somewhat unique in that the curriculum emphasizes the importance of values and professional behavior. We believe that values drive behavior and thus we have selected ten core values that we believe are essential to professional behavior. We also believe that professional behaviors are fundamental to the most effective application of cognitive knowledge and clinical psychomotor skills. Therefore, our curriculum has been designed with an “affective” foundational core. Principles and applications of values and professional behaviors are interwoven in courses throughout the foundational sciences, clinical sciences, behavioral sciences, clinical practice, and research. Throughout the curriculum, the student is provided with many opportunities to develop professional behavior during interactive lectures, small group discussions, group projects, laboratory sessions, laboratory practical examinations, full-time clinical internships, and interactions with peers and faculty.

The “affective” foundational core is vital to the Program because it is congruent with the overall Mission of Missouri State University, specifically the Public Affairs Mission to:

“ …develop citizens of enhanced character, more sensitive to the needs of the community, more competent and committed in their ability to contribute to society, and more civil in their habits of thought speech and action…”

Introduction to Missouri State University's Department of Physical Therapy

Some of Missouri State university's physical therapy students, and one alumnus, describe why you should consider Missouri State if you plan on applying to a physical therapy program.

Verified accreditation

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Missouri State University 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:

2016 program applicants

Students entering the program in 2016 will begin May 31, 2016. The academic cycle for this program runs for 36 months.

Specific dates and deadlines can be found at PTCAS.