Division of Health Professions
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
To prepare practice scholars, educational innovators, and professional leaders who utilize clinically meaningful research in the implementation of best practice to meet the changing demands of the Occupational Therapy profession.
The OTD faculty is committed to providing a learner-centered, occupation-based, hybrid program that prepares doctoral-degree-level occupational therapy practitioners with the requisite clinical reasoning skills and professional values to be responsive to the occupational needs of persons, organizations and populations within the communities they serve. This Mission Statement is consistent with that of the University and describes the unique role of the program in preparing graduates to be responsible citizens, educated leaders, dedicated scholars and skilled professionals who meet the workforce and healthcare needs of residents of Texas and beyond.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
The Baylor Doctor of Physical Therapy program is dedicated to the development of future Doctors of Physical Therapy. At Baylor, we will prepare you with the necessary skills to meet the demands of clinical practice in the 21st century, so that upon graduation you will leave not only as a prepared professional, but also a professional who understands and values the need for compassionate patient care.
- An accelerated, two-year DPT curriculum unique to physical therapy education.
- 67 weeks of didactic curriculum spread across six academic semesters.
- 31 weeks of full-time clinical education, comprised of an eight-week experience and a 23-week terminal internship in a variety of clinical settings.
- A contemporary and evidence-based curriculum.
- A blended learning program combines the unparalleled aspects of online learning activities and interactions, hands-on laboratory sessions, and collaborative clinical education experiences.
- Seamless transition into a variety of post-professional residency training programs that provide advanced specializations in orthopaedics, sports, neurorehabilitation, geriatrics, and pediatrics upon graduation.
Doctor of Science in Occupational Therapy
The mission of the US Army Doctor of Science in Occupational Therapy Program is to train and educate advanced practicing occupational therapists who maximize military readiness, healthy living and performance optimization through evidenced-based client-centered patient care, teaching and research.
One of the primary goals of the DScOT Program is to produce graduates who demonstrate competency in research design, production, analysis, and critical review: produce clinician scientists and occupational therapy leaders through faculty directed, student-assisted research projects.
Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy Studies with an emphasis in Sport Medicine
The mission of the Sports Medicine-Physical Therapy Doctoral Program is to produce clinical scientists to better serve Military Health System beneficiaries and the physical therapy profession. Our focus is accomplished through two primary purposes. The first is to produce graduates with expertise in evidenced based primary care for preventing, examining, diagnosing, and managing a variety of complex orthopaedic and sports injuries. The second is to ensure competency in sports medicine research design, production, analysis, and critical review. The fellowship provides military physical therapists an opportunity to develop advanced competencies in triage and management of acute sports injuries while at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. Graduates will use these same competencies to return injured soldiers, sailors, and airmen to a high level of military technical and tactical readiness. The concepts for managing injured elite athletes and returning them to the playing field as quickly and safely as possible shares the same common goal of returning injured service members to their units in garrison or combat, thereby preparing fellows for: Sports Medicine on the Battlefield…operational readiness through injury prevention and early intervention”
Our vision is to set the standard for post-professional sports medicine-physical therapy doctoral education through the scholarly pursuit of academic, research and clinical excellence. We will achieve our vision by developing clinical scientists who are prepared to conduct advanced scientific research, as well as provide quality primary care for musculoskeletal injuries in the clinic and on the field. Our graduates as clinical scientists will become the future leaders and mentors for the profession of Physical Therapy.
Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy Studies with an emphasis in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy
Mission: To train and educate specialized, advanced-practicing physical therapists who maximize military readiness and health outcomes through patient care, research, and teaching.
Vision: A world-class doctoral program and clinical fellowship with graduates and faculty who are leaders in the field of orthopaedic manual physical therapy and embody the values of integrity, competence, and professionalism.
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Our top-ranked physical therapy doctoral program recruits and selects highly-qualified individuals from the civilian sector to join the military and become officers in the US Army or the US Navy. Our program also selects applicants from within the active duty and reserve forces to transfer into our program from other military occupational specialties. Following basic officer initial entry training, these officers engage in 30 months of entry-level physical therapy training to receive the doctorate of physical therapy degree (DPT). Upon graduation, our graduates are well-prepared to serve in two unique professions - as an active-duty officer and as a military physical therapist.
This military physical therapy program is located at the historic Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas and is the Home of Military Medicine. The US Army - Baylor University DPT program is proud to be a part of the Army Medical Department Center and School and the Health Readiness Center of Excellence who share the mission to produce active duty, commissioned physical therapists who are clinician scientists and leaders prepared for worldwide military health system practice. Outstanding clinical sites nearby include San Antonio Military Medical Center, the Center for the Intrepid, Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center and other excellent sites.
Master of Science in Nutrition
The U.S. Military-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition and the U.S. Army Dietetic Internship work in tandem to train future military dietitians for service in the United States Army.
These programs are separately accredited but jointly administered over a two year period that results in a Master of Science in Nutrition and the ability to sit for the Registration Examination for Dietitians for qualified graduates. Students do not pay any tuition or relocation fees for these programs and earn a full salary with benefits.
Doctor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies with emphases of Emergency Medicine, Clinical Orthopedics and General Surgery
The mission of the Army/Air Force Physician Assistant Studies Programs are to produce post-graduate level trained physician assistants and clinical scientists to improve patient care to beneficiaries of the Joint Health Services Enterprise (JHSE) and the Physician Assistant (PA) profession. This goal is met through producing graduates with expertise in evidenced based patient care and by ensuring competency in clinical research theory and design.
The vision is to establish the benchmark for postgraduate Physician Assistant education through the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence. This vision is realized by developing clinical scientists who are prepared to conduct advanced scientific research, as well as, provide quality care for patients with a wide variety of illnesses and injuries. These graduate clinical scientists will develop as future leaders and mentors by establishing scholarly excellence for the PA profession.