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The U.S. Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy is a quad service program. Students who are interested in becoming commissioned officers in the U.S. Army, Navy or Public Health Service may 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 students for the January 2015 start must complete the application process and return all materials to their Healthcare Recruiting Counselor for their region not later than 1 December 2013 in order to be considered.


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

•Top-ranked PT 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 excellence. The program was ranked fifth among all U.S. physical therapy schools by U.S. News & World Report in 2012.

•Tuition and fees are paid by the uniformed services. In addition, you will be paid to go to school! Students receive an average starting salary of approximately $41,000 per year while in school. You will also receive complete medical and dental coverage. You start accruing 30 days of paid vacation per year beginning on the first day of the program. You will serve as a commissioned officer and physical therapist in the uniformed services upon graduation. You will incur an 81 month active duty service obligation upon beginning our program. The 27 months that you spend in our program will count toward your active duty obligation. Those of you who serve in the Air Force will incur a five year active duty service obligation from the time of graduation.

•Guaranteed job placement! You are guaranteed job placement after graduation, and are trained by the organization that you will work for.

•Stipends! Depending on your military service affiliation, you may receive additional stipends for books and research costs!

•Outstanding faculty-to-student ratio! You will enjoy one of the best faculty- to-student ratios found in any physical therapy school (9 full-time faculty for a maximum of 25 students per class). All nine of the core faculty members have doctoral degrees, and all 7 physical therapists on faculty are recognized as board-certified clinical specialists by the American Physical Therapy Association.

•Exceptional publication record! The majority of students publish their original research studies in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals, such as Physical Therapy, 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 a military therapist, you will practice in a direct access environment with more autonomy than in any civilian physical therapy setting. For example, you will be able 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 fully-funded post-professional programs, such as advanced graduate degree (PhD, DScPT) and APTA-credentialed clinical residency programs in orthopedics and sportsmedicine.

•Competitive retirement package! Therapists who elect to make a career of the military will receive the best retirement package available for 20 years of employment!

•Service! You will not only get a top-tiered educational experience but the opportunity to serve your nation and directly influence the lives of Department of Defense beneficiaries who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.