Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Become a physical therapist

Launch your career with the accredited Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree.

Help people recover from injuries, reduce pain and enjoy better living.

What sets us apart: Results

Earn your DPT degree in three years, get licensed and follow a tradition of success.

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NPTE pass rate


To earn your license, you must pass the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). Our students ace it.
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Why earn your Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at Missouri State?

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Enjoy vast clinical experiences

Apply what you learn in class. You'll have clinical rotations and internships throughout the program, starting in your second semester.

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Train with excellent facilities and faculty

You'll have access to professional equipment and labs. Expert faculty guide your training.

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Join a program with proven success

We have outstanding exam, graduation and employment rates.

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Make your education more affordable

You can get your degree at a lower cost, compared to other physical therapy programs in Missouri and the region.

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Careers and outcomes
Provide physical therapy and serve patients in a broad range of settings.

Degree options

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Add COMT certification to your career

Our certificates help you gain Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT).

We're the only DPT program in the nation with this feature.


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