Department of Physical Therapy

Outstanding clinical preparation

The physical therapy department helps you develop the skills you need to put patients first. You’ll enter our program with the intellect and drive to achieve your goals; you’ll graduate with the experience, knowledge and compassion to help your patients reach theirs.

Graduate programs

Refine your communication, critical thinking and relationship-building skills as you learn to work with patients in a variety of therapeutic settings

Missouri State freshmen who are interested in careers in physical therapy may be eligible for the McQueary College of Health and Human Services Health Profession Scholars Program.

The Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Missouri State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:

If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 417-836-6179 or email


Looking for an edge in your career?

These graduate certificates can help you earn an industry credential: Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT).

A closeup of a plastic human skeleton, mostly showing the ribcage and spine. The skeleton's body parts are labeled. A group of physical therapy students are practicing their techniques in the background.
Graduate certificate

Earn certification in spine care.

Physical therapy students examining the shoulder and elbow flexibility of other students.
Graduate certificate

Earn certification in elbow, hand and shoulder care.

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