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The U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy is a tri-service program located at the Army Medical Department Center and School (") on Joint Base San Antonio-Ft Sam Houston, TX. Interested applicants should first contact the Regional U.S. Army Health Care Recruiting Counselor in their geographical area. The points of contact for the each service are located under recruitment link in side bar menu.

*Prospective applicants must complete the application process and return all materials to their Healthcare Recruiting Counselor for their region not later than 1 December in order to be considered.

Top 10 Reasons why our program is your best choice for physical therapy education:

  • Top-ranked DPT program: You will attend one of the top-ranked physical therapy programs in the United States. The U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy has a national reputation for academic, clinical and research excellence. All students are both professional military officers (Army, Navy and Air Force) and students in the Baylor University Graduate School. The program is ranked fifth out of over 200 U.S. physical therapy schools by U.S. News & World Report (
  • Tuition and fees are paid by the uniformed services. Our DPT students receive a salary while attending the program in accordance with their military rank. Students receive an average starting salary of approximately $41,000 per year during the program. Students also receive complete medical and dental coverage and begin accruing 30 days of paid annual leave per year. Our students serve as commissioned officers and physical therapists in the uniformed services upon graduation and licensure. Each student will incur an 81 month active duty service obligation upon beginning this DPT program. The 27 months that spent in the DPT program will count toward repayment of the active duty service obligation. Air Force officers will incur a five year active duty service obligation from the time of graduation.
  • Guaranteed job placement: Graduates are guaranteed job placement upon successful completion of the DPT program.
  • Stipends: Depending on your military service affiliation, additional stipends for books and research costs may be available.
  • Outstanding faculty-to-student ratio: Army-Baylor DPT students benefit from an excellent faculty-to-student ratio (9 full-time faculty for a maximum of 26 students per class). All core faculty members have doctoral degrees, and all are recognized as board-certified clinical specialists by the American Physical Therapy Association.
  • Exceptional publication record: The majority of students publish original research studies in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals, such as the Physical Therapy Journal, Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Spine, Electromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology, and Military Medicine, and present their research at state and national professional society meetings.
  • Practice in a direct access setting: As military physical therapists, our graduates can practice in a direct access environment and have the ability to see patients without physician referral, to order x-ray and other imaging studies, and to prescribe from a limited list of medications.
  • Excellent post-professional training opportunities: Therapists who elect to stay in the military upon completing their service obligations will have the opportunity to apply for residency training, fellowship training, or pursue a PhD at a civilian university.
  • Competitive retirement package: Military physical therapists who elect to make a career of the military can receive retirement benefits after a qualifying term of active duty service.
  • Service: Our DPT students and graduates receive an exceptional educational experience and serve the United States by providing healthcare to Department of Defense beneficiaries.