Prerequisite Courses (Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 Terms)
This policy exception is applicable to all prerequisite courses with a lab component that was originally scheduled in-person and forced to temporarily transition online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Courses that fall into this category will be accepted for prerequisite credit. Lab courses that are delivered permanently online continue to be unacceptable for prerequisite credit.
If a prerequiste course transitioned to a non-letter grade, the course will be accepted if it was successfully completed.
Please send and questions regarding these polices to the Program email link.

Oberservation Hours
We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic may limit applicant's ability to obtain observation hours. We encourage all applicants to continue to strive for at least 100 observation hours. If you have the opportunity, we will accept remote/telehealth observation hours if they are endorsed by a licensed Physical Therapist. However, if you are not able to complete 100 hours, please do not let that deter you from applying. Although we have not altered our requirement for 100 observation hours at this time, we are committed to admission processes that are fair to applicants. As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop over the Summer and early Fall, we will announce any adjustments to the observation hours policy.



Applicants applying to the Army-Baylor University entry-level physical therapist education program will apply online using the Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS). The annual application cycle opens in early July and closes 1 October. To learn more about the PTCAS application process, visit Further information regarding this entry-level DPT Program is listed on the Army-Baylor University PTCAS Directory Page.

The offical GRE submission code is 7532 for PTCAS. The name listed by ETS is "Baylor U US Army Doctoral Program PTCAS."


Program Facts

The Army-Baylor University Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy is an accredited, entry-level and tri-service (Army, Navy, Air Force) physical therapy educational program located at the Army Medical Center of Excellence on Joint Base San Antonio-Ft Sam Houston, TX. Our DPT program allows students to earn a salary while incurring a 90 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 contact the Regional U.S. Army Health Care Recruiting Counselor in their geographical area for more information on direct commission and information on eligibility to become an officer.


Top 10 Reasons why Army-Baylor DPT is your best choice for physical therapy education:


  • Top-ranked DPT program: The 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 in the top ten 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 and a monthly allowance for housing. Students are responsible for securing their own housing in the San Antonio area. 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 advanced residency training, fellowship training, or pursue a PhD at a civilian university. These opportunities help sustain professional, relevant, and high quality health education throughout the career of the military physical therapist.
  • 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.