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The US Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy is a tri-service physical therapy educational program located at the Army Medical Department Center and School on Joint Base San Antonio-Ft Sam Houston, TX. This 30 month DPT program allows students to earn a salary while incurring a 54 month active duty service obligation (ADSO) working as a military physical therapist. All tuition and fees are covered by the uniformed services and selected applicants must join the military to attend. Interested applicants should first contact the Regional U.S. Army Health Care Recruiting Counselor in their geographical area.

*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 Army-Baylor DPT is your best choice for physical therapy education:

  • Top-ranked DPT program: The US Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy has a national reputation for academic, clinical and research excellence. All students are 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 US physical therapy programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Earn a salary and benefits while learning: All tuition and fees are covered by the uniformed services. Students receive a starting salary of approximately $41,000 per year. Students also receive medical and dental coverage and begin accruing 30 days of paid annual leave per year. Our graduates serve as commissioned officers and physical therapists in the uniformed services upon licensure.
  • Guaranteed job placement upon successful completion of the DPT program within the Army, Navy or Air Force.
  • Stipends: Depending on your military service affiliation, additional stipends for books and research costs may be available.
  • 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 environment with clinical privileges to order x-ray and other imaging studies, and to prescribe from a limited list of medications. Military therapists also research and utilize ultrasound imaging clinically.
  • Advanced education beyond graduation: Military physical therapists who elect to stay in the military upon completing their service obligation 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.
  • Our DPT students and graduates receive an exceptional educational experience and serve the United States by providing healthcare to Department of Defense beneficiaries.